Government of Canada expands border-clearance services for AMTRAK in anticipation of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games



    VANCOUVER, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister
of Public Safety, joined by the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State
(Sports) and the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for
Intergovernmental Relations for the Province of British Columbia, announced
expanded border-clearance services for the start of a second daily AMTRAK
train between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seattle, Washington.
    "This announcement clearly demonstrates our government's commitment to
tourism and the economic prosperity of Canada," said Minister Van Loan.
"Cross-border travel and commerce are essential to a healthy economy.
Extending our service hours for a second daily AMTRAK trip is another
demonstration of our government's commitment to efficient cross-border travel
for residents and visitors to British Columbia."
    The expansion of services provided by the Canada Border Services Agency
is a pilot project that will last until after the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games.
    "Our government is a proud partner of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Games. With less than six months to go before we welcome international
visitors to Canada, our venues are completed and our Canadian athletes are
ready to compete against the best in the world," said Minister Lunn. "This new
AMTRAK train will assist us in welcoming more visitors to the Games through
this important corridor."
    "The AMTRAK passenger rail service expansion will be an exciting way to
bring visitors and spectators to this area during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games, which start in less than six months," said
Minister Yamamoto. "The collaborative approach by B.C., the federal government
and Washington State in securing additional service is a testament to our
strong and open relationship."
    For more information, please visit the Public Safety Canada's Web site
at: http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/media/nr/2009/nr20090703-eng.aspx?rss=false





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