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CP enhancing railway safety in your community; prohibiting recreation access near railway tracks

​As part of Canadian Pacific’s (CP) commitment to elevate railway safety standards on the Central Maine and Quebec Railway (CMQR) corridor, the use of railway property will no longer be permitted for snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle clubs. These types of recreational activities cannot safely coexist in close proximity to active railway tracks where trains can be expected at any time. The CMQR runs from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu through the Eastern Townships and into the State of Maine. This critical rail corridor is now handling increased volumes of train traffic to and from Port Saint John, N.B., at higher velocity, in support of shippers and Quebec’s economy. This change will align the safety practices on the CMQR corridor with the rest of CP’s North American rail network across Canada and the United States. CP will reach out to affected clubs directly in the coming weeks.

 At CP, safety is foundational to everything we do. CP has operated the safest railway in North America for the last 15 years, as measured by train accident frequency. CP is investing more than $90 million to upgrade the CMQR track infrastructure and improve safety on this corridor. This is part of CP’s commitment to delivering essential goods and services and supporting economic growth efficiently and safely in Quebec and throughout North America. 

As a reminder to the public, trespassing, which includes unauthorized operation of snowmobiles and ATVs on railway property, is both dangerous and illegal. All residents should be mindful of the following safety tips when approaching any rail corridor:  

  • Always be prepared to stop when approaching train tracks. 
  • Do not attempt to drive around activated crossing gates. 
  • If a crossing has no flashing lights or gates, look both ways and ensure no trains are approaching before entering the crossing. 
  • If there is more than one track, always anticipate a train on the second set of tracks.  It takes approximately 2 kilometers for a train to come to a stop after the brakes are applied.  
  • If your car stalls on the tracks, get out of your vehicle, exit the tracks and call 911.  
  • Never walk on the railroad tracks.  
  • The only legal place to cross a railway is at a marked grade crossing.  
  • Trespassing on railway property is both dangerous and illegal. If members of the public observe trespassing on railway property, they are encouraged to report it to CP Police at 1-800-716-9132.

For more information on rail safety, visit the Operation Lifesaver website at

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