Rail Crossing Study

About the project

Metrolinx is bringing two-way all-day rail service on the Kitchener GO rail line as part of its 2041 Regional Transportation Plan. These improvements are in line with the City’s Strategic Plan: Guelph. Future ready., which supports local transportation improvements, integration with regional transit and transportation connectivity.

Increasing the frequency and speed of GO trains may require changes at several road-level rail crossings in Guelph to meet safety regulations and current design standards in accordance with Transport Canada’s Railway Safety Act. It’s also important to consider traffic flow and connectivity for all road users.

In anticipation of this, we will look at five rail crossings:

  • Alma Street between Crimea and Inkerman streets
  • Edinburgh Road between Foster Avenue and Preston/Inkerman streets
  • Yorkshire Street between Foster Avenue and Preston Street
  • Glasgow Street at Kent Street
  • Watson Road just north of York Road
Rail Cross Study Map A

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Rail Crossing Study Map B

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The study will also look at and assess options for an active transportation (e.g. foot bridge) connection across the rail line at Cityview Drive, Dublin Street and Margaret Greene Park.

To find the best solution for each crossing we’ll look at the unique context of each one and our city’s overall transportation network. The options we’re exploring for each crossing include:

  • doing nothing (leave the crossing as is)
  • grade separation between a street or path and the railway tracks (an underpass or overpass)
  • active transportation crossings for people walking and biking, either at grade or with a grade separation
  • closing the crossing

Ultimately, this study aims to:

  • provide recommendations for safe connections for people who walk, bike, use mobility devices and drive across the railway tracks;
  • assess the impacts of potential changes to the level rail crossings to the transportation network; and
  • recommend suitable solutions for more detailed study to mitigate any negative impacts.

This is a City of Guelph led project, with results being shared with Metrolinx when the study is complete.

Community engagement

We understand the importance of these rail crossings as a transportation link for people in Guelph. We are looking for your suggestions, comments and feedback to help us get it right. Whether you walk, drive, ride your bike or use a mobility device to get across the tracks at these locations, your feedback will help us learn what is important to you and will guide us toward developing appropriate recommendations for our community.

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Proposed project schedule

  • Start study – October 2021
  • Transportation assessment of rail crossings – Fall 2021 to Winter 2022
  • Virtual open house – June 2022
  • Presentation of recommendations to Council – To be determined (due to municipal elections, there are no scheduled Council meeting dates from July to September 2022)

Documents and resources

Samples of active transportation crossings

Rail level crossings

Grade crossing example 1

A rail level crossing for active transportation users in California, USA. The crossing uses gates, fences, signals, signs and pavement markings to facilitate a safe crossing across the railway tracks. Source: ‘At-Grade Passenger Rail Pedestrian & Trail Crossings, Empire Corridor South’ prepared by McLaren Engineering Group.

Grade crossing example 2

A rail level crossing for active transportation users. The crossing uses gates, fences, signals and signs to facilitate a safe crossing across the railway tracks. This crossing also includes an emergency gate. Source: ‘Engineering Design for Pedestrian Safety at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings’ prepared by U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration.

Underpass crossings

Underpass crossing example 1

This example shows an underpass crossing with a paved path that has a yellow line showing the direction of travel. Source: ‘Dougall Pedestrian Underpass and Multi-use Trail‘ prepared by Amico.

Underpass crossing example 2

The view from inside a concrete underpass, including overhead lights and several cyclists biking in the underpass. Source: ‘Dougall Pedestrian Underpass and Multi-use Trail‘ prepared by Amico.

For more information

Altaf Hussain, Project Manager
Parsons Inc.
[email protected]

Daniel Di Pietro, Project Manager
Engineering and Transportation Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3607