Train bells troublesome for residents: MP Julie Dzerowicz

News May 16, 2017 by Rahul Gupta York Guardian

Davenport’s MP admits the constant ringing of train bells as mandated by federal law is an irritation for residents living by the west Toronto rail corridor which promises to grow only more troublesome.

Bells or whistles coming from UP Express trains entering and leaving stations have long irritated residents living by the tracks, acknowledged Julie Dzerowicz. But the MP was unsure what can be done to mitigate the bells, which will become more of an issue for residents living along rail corridors as GO Transit boosts service throughout west Toronto and the rest of the GTHA through the Regional Express Rail (RER) expansion plan.

“We recognize this is an important issue and the buck stops with the federal government,” said Dzerowicz during a recent interview with Metroland Media Toronto. “(Rail) guidelines are for safety, but didn’t account for areas where there are many people.”

Dzerowicz said she heard firsthand from residents during a series of “pop-up” community meetings held in the riding about potential noise, particularly once GO train traffic triples following the completion of RER.

“It’s definitely been an issue (for residents),” she said. “Something needs to be done at the federal level.”

She pledged to study the issue, but admitted it could be upwards of a year before there’s any movement.

“It could be a ministerial directive or a legislative change,” she said. “It’s a matter of educating my colleagues on the importance of the issue.”

Davenport Coun. Ana Bailao called for a federal rule change, particularly in the light of new GO stations committed for Toronto, which include stops for Bloor West as well as Liberty Village. There are also plans to build a new station hub in Mount Dennis, which will include stops for UP, GO and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

“It is crucial that federal regulations are proactively changed to reflect the increase of passenger rail service already occurring in our communities,” said Bailao in a statement. 

Former York South-Weston MP Mike Sullivan disagreed the bells, in the case of UP, are needed for safety. 

“The issue is bells as a train enters a station, and it is not a safety issue,” said Sullivan over email.  

Train bells troublesome for residents: MP Julie Dzerowicz

Davenport MP not sure what can be done but promises to study issue

News May 16, 2017 by Rahul Gupta York Guardian

Davenport’s MP admits the constant ringing of train bells as mandated by federal law is an irritation for residents living by the west Toronto rail corridor which promises to grow only more troublesome.

Bells or whistles coming from UP Express trains entering and leaving stations have long irritated residents living by the tracks, acknowledged Julie Dzerowicz. But the MP was unsure what can be done to mitigate the bells, which will become more of an issue for residents living along rail corridors as GO Transit boosts service throughout west Toronto and the rest of the GTHA through the Regional Express Rail (RER) expansion plan.

“We recognize this is an important issue and the buck stops with the federal government,” said Dzerowicz during a recent interview with Metroland Media Toronto. “(Rail) guidelines are for safety, but didn’t account for areas where there are many people.”

Dzerowicz said she heard firsthand from residents during a series of “pop-up” community meetings held in the riding about potential noise, particularly once GO train traffic triples following the completion of RER.

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“It’s definitely been an issue (for residents),” she said. “Something needs to be done at the federal level.”

She pledged to study the issue, but admitted it could be upwards of a year before there’s any movement.

“It could be a ministerial directive or a legislative change,” she said. “It’s a matter of educating my colleagues on the importance of the issue.”

Davenport Coun. Ana Bailao called for a federal rule change, particularly in the light of new GO stations committed for Toronto, which include stops for Bloor West as well as Liberty Village. There are also plans to build a new station hub in Mount Dennis, which will include stops for UP, GO and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

“It is crucial that federal regulations are proactively changed to reflect the increase of passenger rail service already occurring in our communities,” said Bailao in a statement. 

Former York South-Weston MP Mike Sullivan disagreed the bells, in the case of UP, are needed for safety. 

“The issue is bells as a train enters a station, and it is not a safety issue,” said Sullivan over email.  

Train bells troublesome for residents: MP Julie Dzerowicz

Davenport MP not sure what can be done but promises to study issue

News May 16, 2017 by Rahul Gupta York Guardian

Davenport’s MP admits the constant ringing of train bells as mandated by federal law is an irritation for residents living by the west Toronto rail corridor which promises to grow only more troublesome.

Bells or whistles coming from UP Express trains entering and leaving stations have long irritated residents living by the tracks, acknowledged Julie Dzerowicz. But the MP was unsure what can be done to mitigate the bells, which will become more of an issue for residents living along rail corridors as GO Transit boosts service throughout west Toronto and the rest of the GTHA through the Regional Express Rail (RER) expansion plan.

“We recognize this is an important issue and the buck stops with the federal government,” said Dzerowicz during a recent interview with Metroland Media Toronto. “(Rail) guidelines are for safety, but didn’t account for areas where there are many people.”

Dzerowicz said she heard firsthand from residents during a series of “pop-up” community meetings held in the riding about potential noise, particularly once GO train traffic triples following the completion of RER.

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“It’s definitely been an issue (for residents),” she said. “Something needs to be done at the federal level.”

She pledged to study the issue, but admitted it could be upwards of a year before there’s any movement.

“It could be a ministerial directive or a legislative change,” she said. “It’s a matter of educating my colleagues on the importance of the issue.”

Davenport Coun. Ana Bailao called for a federal rule change, particularly in the light of new GO stations committed for Toronto, which include stops for Bloor West as well as Liberty Village. There are also plans to build a new station hub in Mount Dennis, which will include stops for UP, GO and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

“It is crucial that federal regulations are proactively changed to reflect the increase of passenger rail service already occurring in our communities,” said Bailao in a statement. 

Former York South-Weston MP Mike Sullivan disagreed the bells, in the case of UP, are needed for safety. 

“The issue is bells as a train enters a station, and it is not a safety issue,” said Sullivan over email.