OTTAWA, Oct. 31, 2016 /CNW/ - "The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport issued the following statement today regarding the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's (TSB) updates to their Watchlist:
"I welcome the TSB's update to its Watchlist, as it plays an important role in our ongoing efforts to improve safety in the aviation, marine and rail sectors. The TSB's update reflects the hard work that municipalities, provinces, railways and Transport Canada have invested to address the many challenges in improving railway crossing safety, as well as the recent investments the Government of Canada has made in the new Rail Safety Improvement Program to help fund new technology and upgrades in many communities.
"At the same time, the safety of the transportation system is my top priority and I will be looking carefully at the issues and risks raised in this Watchlist. The TSB recommendations and Watchlist are a very helpful tool to bring a higher level of focus for the transportation industry and Transport Canada on areas where major issues need to be addressed. I have directed Transport Canada to provide me with specific areas where faster progress in reducing risks can be made.
"Transport Canada shares the TSB's commitment to advancing the safety of Canada's transportation system and we will continue to work with them to address all identified safety issues."
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