Minimizing the incompatibility between railway operations and new residential development

Karen Fraser


Rail noise and vibration becomes an environmental concern when residential development is approved by Municipalities adjacent to railways without regard for the impacts of existing and future railway operations. Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway have developed a set of guidelines which includes standards to reduce the incompatibility between new residential developments and existing railway corridors and yard facilities. Adherence to the guidelines ensures that appropriate measures are implemented to mitigate the impacts of rail noise and vibration, as well as minimizing the potential effects of a derailment, collision or spillage. This paper will discuss the objectives of the railway's guidelines, CN's experience with adjacent development issues and the potential impact of new complaints in older neighbourhoods.


Environmental impact; Housing; Land use; Noise abatement; Railroad transportation; Standards; Urban planning; Vibrations (mechanical); Noise levels; Railway noise

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