Train Anti-Whistling

Anti-Whistling on Stouffville GO Line

The City of Markham is currently working towards the completion of 13 public at-grade crossings in Markham.

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 even when Metrolinx approves anti-whistling at the thirteen (13) at-grade crossings, the whistling may be required for other Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR) requirements, locations, or at the train engineers' sole discretion.

November 8 2019 Update

Markham and York Region have been working closely with Metrolinx to implement whistle cessation at the public at-grade train crossings along the Stouffville GO Line. Whistle Cessation has now been implemented at the following locations:


o   Major Mackenzie Drive
o   Castlemore Avenue
o   16th Avenue
o   Main Street Markham
o   Snider Drive
o   Kennedy Road North
o   Main Street Unionville
o   Eureka Street
o   Highway 7
o   Denison Street
o   Kennedy Road South

Bur Oak Avenue and McCowan Road Crossing works are now complete, and Markham and York Region are working with Metrolinx to address the remaining deficiency in order to implement whistle cessation at these locations.

See Track, Think Train Pavement Marking