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Whistle Cessation on Stouffville GO Line

The Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR) requires all trains to whistle whenever they approach a public grade crossing. While train whistling is an important way to keep drivers, cyclists and pedestrians safe, these whistles can be a bother to people living nearby.  Markham Council supports the elimination of train whistles to address concerns raised by local residents.

 To eliminate train whistling, Markham has to follow an eight-step process as outlined in Transport Canada‘s  Procedure for Train Whistling at Public Grade Crossings  in order to meet the requirements of the Federal  Railway Safety Act  and Regulation.  The procedure requires the railway companies and road authorities - in this case, the City of Markham, York Region and Metrolinx - to collaborate in finding the best option for making the crossings safe.

 It is important to note that despite the cessation of whistling, if approved by Metrolinx, the whistling may be used base on the train engineers’ sole discretion if there is an emergency, or if there are any other rules or orders in force that require the use of the whistle.

What’s New

In July 2016, the City has successfully retained WSP/MMM Group as a consultant for the detailed design and contract administration services of the safety upgrade works at a project budget of $435,233.90 (excluding tax). For more information on the next steps related to this project, please see the Work Plan section below.

At a January 2016 Development Services Committee meeting, City staff were authorized by Markham Council to proceed with the detailed design process to upgrade 13 crossings in the urban area from Kennedy Road to Major Mackenzie Drive to meet safety requirements. For details, please refer to the News, Information and Resources section below.


Uxbridge Train Line Map

The 13 crossings to be upgraded are crossing numbers 2, 3 and 5 to 15 as identified in the map above.

Public Meetings

Thursday, March 3, 2016
7 p.m.
Markham Civic Centre Council Chamber
101 Town Centre Blvd.


  1. Opening Remarks from Mayor Frank Scarpitti
  2. Anti-whistling Update from City staff
  3. Question and Answer Period



Work Plan 

(As per January 2016 Development Services Committee Meeting:)



Finalize safety reports and receive York Region, Metrolinx and Transport Canada final concurrence on crossing upgrades By March 2016
Prepare design terms of reference and consult with Metrolinx and York Region January to May 2016
Negotiate partnership and funding principles for design by April 2016
Execute agreements or Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) for design with partners by May 2016
Tender design May 2016
Award design August 2016
Complete detailed design by early 2017
Execute agreements or MOU for construction by early 2017
Tender construction by early 2017 (subject to funding)
Construction Spring 2017 to Summer 2018


News, Resources & Information

Committee and Council Meetings

Council Meeting – May 31, 2016

Council Meeting – February 16, 2016

Development Services Committee – January 25, 2016

Development Services Committee – November 16, 2015

Council Meeting – September 28, 2015