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2/24/2012


Rail News: Intermodal
Canadian government helps fund current, completed port projects



Yesterday, the Canadian government announced it will provide $15 million for the Ridley Island Road, Rail and Utility Corridor (RRUC) project at the Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

The $90 million project also is being funded by CN, the Prince Rupert Port Authority and provincial government via a public-private partnership. The RRUC project calls for providing rail and road access to 1,000 acres of multi-user heavy industrial land that’s accessible through the port’s terminals. The public-private partners plan to create a common-user rail corridor, roads and access to port property.

“Building capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert is necessary for the expansion of Canada's trade with fast-growing Asian economies,” said Don Krusel, the port authority’s president and chief executive officer, in a prepared statement. “This investment unlocks the sustainable development of port infrastructure and industrial waterfront that will benefit industries across Canada.”

The Canadian government also announced the completion of the Brooksbank Avenue underpass project at the North Shore Trade Area (NSTA) at Port Metro Vancouver. The government covered half the project’s $22 million cost.

The project called for modifying the existing underpass to accommodate several additional tracks necessary for the port's planned terminal expansion. The improved underpass will enhance rail and port operations, accommodate anticipated rail and road traffic growth, and reduce road congestion and noise, federal government officials said.

The completion of the Brooksbank project is a “strong example” of partners working together for the benefit of the global supply chain, said Jane O'Hagan, Canadian Pacific’s chief marketing officer and executive vice president.

“This strategic investment allows CP to further its joint growth plans with various customers benefiting from this project,” she said.

In addition to the underpass, planned NSTA projects include the Philip Avenue and Neptune/Cargill grade separations, and Low-Level Road realignment.

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