Railway line construction and relocation
How to get approval to construct a railway line
The Agency approves specific railway line construction projects.
How to relocate railway lines in urban areas
If provincial or municipal authorities cannot reach an agreement with a railway company on the relocation of railway lines, subsection 3(1) of the Railway Relocation and Crossing Act (RRCA) permits an application to the Agency for an order to carry out an accepted plan.
The RRCA empowers the Agency to order a railway company to do things like:
- remove railway structures,
- build new facilities,
- stop operating on certain lines or
- allow other railway companies onto their trackage in urban areas.
However, these powers may only be used when certain criteria are met, including a determination by the Agency that any such relocation or rerouting would occur at no net cost to the railway company.
Learn more about the application process.