Regina residents may have a new overpass or underpass on Ring road to deal with, but this time for trains.
City Council approved a motion for a feasibility study that also includes looking into the possibility of diverting the tracks away from Ring road all together.
Mayor Michael Fougere, who first pitched this idea at the State of the City address, says track diversion is relatively new to the list of possibilities and will be looked at in the report as the safest option.
“I would say that these are two lines, not all of the lines going through the city, that would certainly be a much wider discussion to take place with our neighbors,” Fougere says. “We will see where the location of the line would be first.”
Fougere says rail line relocation was not considered in his original presentation.
“When you look at two lines, because of that kind of statement I thought it wasn’t even in consideration when I drafted the original motion, but speaking with administration , they feel there is some opportunity to look at this, at least see the feasibility of doing that, so I think the idea of relocating the rail line is attractive.”
Fougere later added the city has yet to speak with CP and CN on relocation of their rail lines.
The study is scheduled to be complete next month.