Completion of the Brooksbank Avenue underpass near Port Metro Vancouver will help deepen Canada's trade ties with high-growth Asia-Pacific
VANCOUVER, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of
International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and
Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer of Port Metro
Vancouver, today announced the completion of the Brooksbank Avenue
underpass project at the North Shore Trade Area (NSTA) in Vancouver.
"Investments in the Asia-Pacific Gateway create jobs, growth and
prosperity for workers and families in the region and across Canada,"
said Minister Fast. "The expansion of rail tracks at the terminal will
mean more reliable and efficient services through Port Metro Vancouver,
allowing the port to better serve its customers in Canada and beyond.
These strategic investments and partnerships continue to position
Canada as the gateway of choice between Asia and North America, build
on our competitive advantages, deepen our ties in high-growth markets
and contribute to Canada's global competitiveness."
The Brooksbank Avenue underpass is one of several infrastructure
projects along Burrard Inlet's North Shore in Greater Vancouver that
were announced by the Government of Canada in 2009. This project
consisted of modifying the existing underpass to accommodate several
additional rail tracks necessary for the port's terminal expansion
The improved underpass will enhance rail and port operations, as well as
accommodating anticipated growth in rail and road traffic. It will also
provide environmental benefits, including reduced congestion on the
local road network and reduced noise pollution.
"Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's gateway to the world's most dynamic
economies and serves as a major economic generator for the nation,"
said Mr. Silvester. "Infrastructure investments like this one will
facilitate future growth in international trade by improving the
movement of people and goods through the Lower Mainland, while at the
same time ensuring benefits to local communities."
"Canadian Pacific welcomes the completion of the Brooksbank project,
which is a strong example of partners working together for the benefit
of the global supply chain," said Jane O'Hagan, chief marketing officer
and executive vice-president, Canadian Pacific. "This strategic
investment allows CP to further its joint growth plans with various
customers benefiting from this project."
Canada's West Coast ports are more than two days closer to high-growth
Asian markets than any other ports in North America. Projects such as
the Brooksbank Avenue underpass reflect the Harper government's
commitment to create jobs, economic growth and prosperity for Canadian
businesses, workers and families by pursuing new trade and investment
opportunities with large, dynamic and fast-growing economies.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has partnered with all four western
provinces, municipalities and the private sector to announce
Asia-Pacific Gateway infrastructure projects worth more than
$3.5 billion, including federal contributions of over $1.4 billion.
North Shore Trade Area — Brooksbank underpass
The North Shore Trade Area (NSTA) of British Columbia encompasses the
transportation network along the north shore of Burrard Inlet. There
are four federally funded projects in this area: Philip Avenue grade
separation, Low-Level Road realignment, Neptune/Cargill grade
separation and the Brooksbank Avenue underpass.
The NSTA is a significant economic generator of employment in the
marine, rail and trucking industries. It also supports employment in
various export-based industries, including agriculture, forestry,
mining and manufacturing in B.C., throughout Western Canada and across
Canada as a whole. In 2010, marine commodity exports from the NSTA were
estimated at 28 million tonnes, with a value of $10.5 billion.
The Brooksbank Avenue underpass project widened the existing underpass
on Brooksbank Avenue to accommodate several additional rail tracks.
These new tracks are needed for plans to expand terminals at Port Metro
Vancouver. The improvements will enable increased rail capacity while
preserving access to Harbourview Park south of the rail tracks.
The federal government is contributing 50 per cent of eligible costs —
up to $11 million — for the Brooksbank Avenue underpass, under the
Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund.
The total project cost is $22 million.
SOURCE Government of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for
the Asia-Pacific Gateway
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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