HUMBOLDT — The tracks that run through Humboldt are busier this year.
Canadian National spokesperson Alexandre Boulé confirmed there is approximately one more train per day passing through Humboldt compared to last year. He said the railway adapts its operations according to its clients’ needs.
“It is important to keep in mind that the schedule of trains in one area fit into a much broader network that requires round-the-clock synchronized operations that are vital to the nation's economy,” Boulé said.
The increased number of trains means there’s more potential for railway crossings to be blocked off to traffic.
“We understand that this can cause inconveniences to local residents, however, CN strives to be a considerate neighbour and does its best to minimize the inconvenience to the travelling public,” Boulé said.
According to federal regulations, a train cannot block a crossing for more than five minutes when drivers and pedestrians are waiting to cross, unless the train is continually moving in one direction.
If a train is breaking those regulations, citizens are encouraged to either contact CN police at 1-800-465-9239 or Transport Canada at 1-888-463-0521 and give them the location of the crossing, the date and time, name of the railway company, what the train was doing, and for how long.