Rail in White Rock

The City of White Rock has a railway on the waterfront. This single track rail line is operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) and is used by BNSF and Amtrak passenger trains.The line operates 24 hours a day.

train on the railway along the beach waterfront    

Starting January 29, 2020, trains passing through the city will no longer be blowing their horns at each of the eight entrances to the Promenade to alert people of passing trains.

The City reached an agreement with BNSF following the successful installation of safety gates at eight crossings on White Rock’s waterfront.

The City partnered with BNSF and Transport Canada to install 16 gates at eight entry points to the Promenade as part of Transport Canada-mandated safety improvements.

The BNSF has issued a general order instructing train crews to stop sounding the horns at the eight promenade crossings starting first thing January 29, 2020.

BNSF says there will be a transition period as crews adjust to the new requirements at the crossings. They also emphasized that engineers will still need to sound the horns if they see people or animals on the tracks.

Facts about BNSF and the City of White Rock

  • The City of White Rock partners with the Burlington North Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Inc. to ensure public rail safety in White Rock.
  • The installation of the safety gates assisted in the City’s efforts toward whistle cessation.

View the City’s news release for additional information.

Transport Canada contact information:

Transport Canada

820 - 800 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2J8
General Information: 866-995-9737

Transport Canada Rail Services

225 - 625 Agnes Street
New Westminster, B.C. V3M 5Y4
General Information: 604-666-0011
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BNSF Railway Public Notice - Vegetation Management Program

In order to maintain the safe and efficient functioning of train operations, BNSF Railway will be conducting their seasonal vegetation management program on the tracks and ballast areas within the City of White Rock May 25-29, 2020. Treatment Notices will be posted at all public and road accesses advising of the date and time of treatments. Precautions to minimize exposure to herbicides and contact information is contained on the Treatment Notices. For further information about this, please contact: Chris Bryan, Ferrovai Services, LLC, Railroad Operations-Vegetation at 303-842-6564 or email cbryan@ferroviallc.com.