VANCOUVER, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Construction of the South Shore
Corridor Project, an important investment at Port Metro Vancouver, was
celebrated today by the Honourable Ed Fast, Canada's Minister of
International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway; and
Robin Silvester, President and CEO of Port Metro Vancouver, as well as
other terminal and railway partners.
The South Shore Corridor Project will separate road and rail traffic at
10 current conflict points along Stewart Street, adjacent to Port Metro
Vancouver's terminals and the South Shore Trade Area's railway
corridor. Additionally, the project will provide associated
intersection and roadway improvements, as well as corridor-wide
improvements such as upgraded signage and the installation of
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
"Our government's top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and
securing long-term prosperity for Canadian families," said Minister
Fast. "By enhancing the overall operations and roadway efficiency and
safety for truck traffic involved in the movement of international
trade through the South Shore Trade Area, as well as provide space for
increased rail capacity, this project is helping to increase Canada's
exports to fast-growing Asian markets."
"Together with the Government of Canada and key industry partners, we
are delivering critical infrastructure on the South Shore that will
improve efficiency and reliability," said Port Metro Vancouver
President and CEO, Robin Silvester. "The South Shore Corridor Project
will reduce road and rail conflicts and improve supply chain capacity
and operating efficiency, helping meet the needs of Port Metro
Vancouver's customers now and into the future."
The South Shore Trade Area (SSTA) encompasses the transportation network
along the south shore of Burrard Inlet. It is an export gateway, and
provides a critical connection to markets overseas. As part of its
commitment to the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, the
Harper government is investing approximately $31 million into the
$75-million South Shore Corridor Project to help boost Canada's
economy, increase exports and create jobs for Canadians.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
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