Port of Vancouver Contributes $50 million to Ease Congestion in Delta, Surrey and Langley



    VANCOUVER, June 28 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Port Authority has announced it
will contribute up to $50 million toward road and rail grade separated
crossings in communities along the Roberts Bank rail corridor, the rail line
that services the Deltaport container terminal and Westshore coal terminal.
    "The Port of Vancouver's investment in these grade separations will
reduce traffic congestion at rail crossings, enhance safety and reduce noise
pollution by eliminating the need to sound train whistles at these crossings,"
said Captain Gordon Houston, President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Vancouver Port Authority. "This is an unprecedented financial contribution by
the Vancouver Port Authority and a signal of our commitment to mitigate the
impacts of port-related growth on communities."
    The Roberts Bank Road/Rail Interface Study has identified approximately
$300 million in grade separation and rail improvements to be funded by the
Vancouver Port Authority, federal and provincial governments, Translink and
the railways, with municipalities being asked to contribute toward projects of
primary interest to them.
    "Under the leadership of ministers Cannon, Emerson and Falcon, the
federal and provincial governments have been instrumental in making this
project a reality. The federal government has provided tremendous stewardship
in the development of this complex initiative, while both governments have
also made substantial financial commitments," said Sarah Morgan-Silvester,
Chair of the Vancouver Port Authority's board of directors.
    The Port of Vancouver's contribution will be directed at nine grade
separations in the vicinity of:

    
    -   41B Street, Delta
    -   80th Street, Delta
    -   152nd Street, Surrey
    -   168th Street, Surrey
    -   192nd Street, Surrey
    -   54th Avenue, Surrey
    -   196th Street, Surrey/Langley
    -   Mufford Crescent/64th Avenue, Langley
    -   232nd Street, Langley
    

    Delta will see two additional crossings addressed separately from the
port's investment, but as part of the proposed South Fraser Perimeter Road
Project.
    Additional information about the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Access Study
is available from
http://www.tc.gc.ca/mediaroom/releases/nat/2007/07-gc024e.htm.

    The Port of Vancouver is Canada's largest and most diversified port,
trading more than $53 billion in goods with more than 100 trading economies
annually. Port activities generate 69,200 jobs in total with $4 billion in
Gross Domestic Product and $8.9 billion in economic output.

    For more information on any of these stories, call 1-888 PORTVAN. Or,
send an email to: public_affairs@portvancouver.com.





For further information:

For further information: Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate
Communications and Public Affairs, Vancouver Port Authority, (604) 665-9069
(office), (604) 665-9073 (fax), (778) 231-6978 (cellular),
anne.mcmullin@portvancouver.com

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