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Trains; YES! Horns; NO!
$760 raised
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Toronto stopped the horns! Barrie Stopped the horns! Markham Council can stop the horns too! Help us get the word out; this money will be used to buy advertising in local Markham newspapers asking citizens to sign the petition and to contact council.

Toronto stopped the horns! Barrie Stopped the horns! Let's tell Markham Council to stop the horns too!  

The money raised on this site will be used to advertise our online petition at nohorn.ca.  The cost for a quarter page add in the Economist & Sun is $600.  For each $600 raised we will buy one week of advertising. Council will only vote yes if the community clearly tells them this is important.  Let's make Markham citizens aware that it is possible to stop the horns!

Today, 12 GO trains pass through Markham daily; Metrolinx will increase this to 40 GO trains daily by 2020. The train must blow its horn 4 times at every crossing. This is unacceptable! Safe alternatives to the horn can be implemented. Tell Markham Council to vote in favour of anti-whistling.

Markham citizens have been concerned about the GO Train horn on the Stouffville Corridor for many years. In 2013, in response to a presentation by the Unionville Ratepayers Association, City Council set up an “Anti Whistle Working Group”. The working group has clarified many of the facts around this issue:

  • Transport Canada guidelines govern what physical changes are required at a road-rail crossing to implement anti-horn. Ultimately, an agreement between the railway (GO), the road authority (Markham or York) and the municipality (Markham) is required. A municipal bylaw is the implementing instrument.
  • Over a dozen municipalities in Ontario have implemented anti-horn bylaws, including Toronto, Mississauga, Richmond Hill and Barrie.
  • The costs for the necessary physical changes for Markham’s 11 urban rail-road crossings were estimated at $4 million in 2011. Costs would likely be lower now, as the Transport Canada requirements have been made less stringent
  • The City and Region must assume the risk and liability with an anti-horn bylaw. Insurance rates may increase if there is a claim that is upheld. However, this is no different than any other municipal asset, such as a park or arena.
  • The anti horn program can be implemented in stages – not all 11 crossings need to be done at the same time.

We expect the updated engineering and cost report to be received by Markham in August, 2015. The issue is anticipated to come before Council in September.

Sign the petition! Be sure that Markham Council knows that horns are unacceptable! There are safe alternatives.

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