The Government of Canada invests over $20 million in British Columbia's transportation system



    VANCOUVER, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The federal government, under the
Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative Transportation Infrastructure
Fund, will invest a total of up to $20.9 million in five shortsea shipping
projects and two road projects in the British Columbia Lower Mainland. This
represents a potential $43.5-million joint investment with private sector
transportation service providers and municipalities in the region.
    "Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the government are committed to
concrete measures that contribute to a more productive and competitive
economy. The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative reflects this
commitment," said the Honourable James Moore, Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific
Gateway) (2010 Olympics) (Official Languages). "These projects will enhance
transportation infrastructure safety and efficiency related to the movement of
international trade through Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway, and improve traffic
flow in the Lower Mainland."
    These projects will establish a network of complementary shortsea
shipping services in the Lower Mainland that will contribute to the integrated
and efficient movement of international trade. These services will help reduce
road congestion between river terminals and deep-sea terminals, increase
throughput capacity at marine terminals, develop new transportation options,
and increase overall system capacity for trade between Asia and North America.
    "By investing in shortsea shipping infrastructure projects for the first
time, the federal government is demonstrating its support for shortsea
shipping as a way of optimizing the use of the transportation system for the
movement of goods," said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "Better use of our waterways
through shortsea shipping can help alleviate congestion, facilitate trade,
reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase overall transportation
efficiency."
    Shortsea shipping is a multimodal activity that incorporates the marine
movement of cargo between points that are relatively close to one another
without crossing an ocean, such as along rivers and coastlines, and within
lakes.
    The following shortsea shipping projects and service providers were
selected following a call for proposals:

    
    - Fraser River Shuttle (up to $5 million contribution to Coast
      2000 Terminals);
    - Deltaport Shortsea Berth (up to $2.35 million contribution to
      TSI Terminal Systems);
    - Vanterm Shortsea Berth (up to $1.95 million contribution to
      TSI Terminal Systems);
    - Mountain View Apex Container Terminal (up to $7 million contribution to
      Seaspan International); and
    - Southern Railway of B.C. Rail Barge Ramp (up to $4.6 million
      contribution to Southern Railway of B.C.).

    These projects call for the development of specialized facilities such as
docks, ramps, and fixed-crane infrastructure that would facilitate shortsea
shipping of a variety of cargos (including containers, railcars, and
break-bulk cargos) that ultimately either originate from or are destined for
Asia. The private sector service provider will match the federal funding.
    In addition to the shortsea shipping projects, the following road projects
will also be undertaken:

    - The City of Richmond will receive up to $750,000 in funding for the
      construction of a new four-lane section between Wireless Way and
      Highway 91, to improve traffic flows and facilitate access to
      Highway 91 and Knight Street.

    - The Corporation of Delta will receive up to $1.1 million in funding for
      left turn lanes along Nordel Way at Brooke Road and Shepherd Way.

    Federal funding for these projects is conditional upon the negotiation of
contribution agreements, and completion of any applicable federal
environmental assessments required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Act.
    In addition to the seven projects announced today, Transport Canada is
currently working with public and private stakeholders to identify
infrastructure projects that could accommodate and enhance the growth of the
marine terminals around the north and south shores of Burrard Inlet, while
addressing community and environmental concerns. These investments could
include rail improvements, road/rail grade separations, and road projects.
Specific infrastructure projects will be announced when discussions between
the federal government and the various stakeholders are completed.
    On October 11, 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the
Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, with an initial investment of
$591 million. A further commitment of $410 million was made in Budget 2007,
bringing total federal funding for the APGCI to more than $1 billion. In
two years, the Government of Canada has partnered with British Columbia and
other western provinces, municipalities and the private sector to announce
strategic infrastructure projects worth more than $2.4 billion, including
federal contributions of almost $900 million.
    Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada plan, the Government
of Canada will provide long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet
infrastructure needs across Canada.

    A backgrounder with further information about the shortsea shipping and
road projects is attached.



                     SHORTSEA SHIPPING PROJECTS IN B.C.
                     ----------------------------------

    Shortsea shipping is a multimodal activity that incorporates the marine
movement of cargo between points that are relatively close to one another
without crossing an ocean, such as along rivers and coastlines and within
lakes.
    Five shortsea shipping projects in the British Columbia (B.C.) Lower
Mainland have been selected for federal contribution funding under the
Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative Transportation Infrastructure
Fund. Federal funding for these projects is conditional upon the negotiation
of contribution agreements, and completion of any applicable federal
environmental assessments required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Act.
    The following shortsea shipping projects were selected following a call
for proposals:

    Fraser River Shuttle ($10 million total cost of project)

    Coast 2000 will receive up to $5 million in funding for the Fraser River
Shuttle. The Shuttle is designed to provide an environmentally-friendly method
of moving containers to/from Deltaport, Vanterm Centerm and Fraser Surrey
Docks. The project involves construction of a barge ramp/dock for loading and
unloading containers onto/from barges. Coast 2000 is located in Richmond along
the north shore of the Fraser River's south arm. The property is equidistant
to all deep-sea container terminals.

    Deltaport Shortsea Berth ($4.7 million total cost of project)

    TSI Terminals will receive up to $2.35 million for a new shortsea barge
berth at Deltaport, as part of the Berth 3 expansion to accommodate barges.

    Vanterm Shortsea Berth ($3.9 million total cost of project)

    TSI Terminals will receive up to $1.95 million for a new Vanterm Shortsea
Berth which would convert the existing Berth No.7 located at the west end of
the dock to accommodate shortsea shipping by barge. The modifications will
include the construction of a new roll on/roll off ramp at the southern end of
Berth No.7 to accommodate shortsea movements of trucks.

    Mountain View Apex Container Terminal ($14 million total cost of project)

    Seaspan International will receive up to $7 million in funding for a
shortsea shipping access point at Mountain View Apex Container Terminal. This
access point consists of a dock/ramp and a fixed crane to allow movement of
containers by water and will provide a new connection to the Mountain View
Reload intermodal facility. It will allow roll on/roll off tractor trailer
operations as well as the transfer of containers to/from Vancouver Island for
export.

    Southern Railway of B.C. Rail Barge Ramp ($10 million total cost of
    project)

    The Southern Railway will receive funding of up to $4.6 million for a rail
barge ramp at the marine rail terminal on Annacis Island in Delta. This
project will include a barge ramp and berth capable of handling railcars and
truck trailers. Southern Railway connects Canadian National, Canadian Pacific,
Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific using existing Southern Railway
interchanges.
    The projects call for the development of specialized facilities (e.g.,
dock, ramp, fixed-crane infrastructure) that would facilitate the shortsea
shipping of a variety of cargos (e.g., containers, railcars, break-bulk) that
ultimately either originate from Asia or are destined for Asia.
    These complementary projects will form an integrated shortsea shipping
network that could potentially carry up to approximately 120,000 Forty Foot
Equivalent units per year.
    Collectively, these shortsea shipping projects could potentially reduce
the number of trucks on the road by 650 per day.


                            ROAD PROJECTS IN B.C.
                            ---------------------

    The City of Richmond will receive up to $750,000 in funding for the
construction of a new four-lane section between Wireless Way and Highway 91,
to improve traffic flows and facilitate access to Highway 91 and Knight
Street. A number of business parks that are engaged in international trade are
located along No. 6 Road. These businesses use No. 6 Road to access Highway
91, which connects to the provincial highway network and Knight Street, and is
a major truck route that is part of the regional highway network.
    The Corporation of Delta will receive up to $1.1 million in funding for
left turn lanes along Nordel Way at Brooke Road and Shepherd Way. Nordel Way
is a municipal arterial road and truck route. It currently does not provide
dedicated left turn lanes at the intersections. There is very heavy congestion
and travel delays for trucks moving international goods to and from the
intermodal facilities in the area.
    Federal funding for these projects is conditional upon the negotiation of
contribution agreements, and completion of any applicable federal
environmental assessments required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Act.

                                                               September 2008
    




For further information:

For further information: Catherine Loubier, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa,
(613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055;
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