The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced on March, 4th that six new digital railway crossing signs are now live, helping reduce travel delays for drivers in the City of Langley, Township of Langley and Surrey. The Railway Crossing Information System (RCIS) will keep drivers informed with real-time train crossing information, allowing them to choose the quickest route. The RCIS operates by detecting trains approaching railway crossings, recording their presence, direction and speed. This information is sent to the central control system, which calculates the train direction and approximate arrival time at each crossing. Each sign displays the status of nearby railway crossings – open or closed – allowing drivers to make informed decisions to use nearby rail overpasses or local street networks. The signs also increase travel time efficiency and reliability for emergency responders.
Watch below the video to learn how The Railway Crossing Information System (RCIS) will keep drivers informed with real-time train crossing information, allowing them to choose the quickest route – For sign locations and to learn more about the RCIS, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation-infrastructure/projects/railway-crossing-information-system
PBX Engineering won the 2019 Annual ACEC-BC Awards for Engineering Excellence. The RCIS was entered in the Soft Engineering category competing against some of Canada’s largest engineering firms. The Award was presented to PBX Engineering at the prestigious Gala on April, 6th 2019.
The Roberts Bank Rail Corridor is a critical east-west link for the movement of goods by rail — connecting ports and facilities to the North American rail network. The railway runs through the City of Surrey, City of Langley, and the Township of Langley. Within the project area, this includes four at-grade rail crossings, where major roads intersect with the rail line.
When trains transit through the rail corridor, the at-grade intersections may be blocked for extended periods of time. As a result, motorists in the area often experience significant delays while the crossings are blocked, as well as delays due to residual traffic congestion that can take many minutes to clear once the train has passed. Blocked crossings result in a number of other impacts for the general public – including reduced commerce, increased emergency response times, and increased pollution levels.
Rail traffic is predicted to increase both in frequency and in length. Recognizing the need to address this growing issue, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure initiated the Rail Crossing Information System (RCIS) project. The objective of the RCIS is to implement an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) to mitigate the impact of rail traffic and optimize the use of the road infrastructure by providing motorists with information that will enable them to make informed route choices, reducing traffic congestion and its associated environmental, economic, and social costs. Information regarding the status of the crossings will encourage drivers to divert to alternate routes. PBX was engaged to plan, design, and implement the system.