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Canada to help fund study of three B.C. rail corridors

On Nov. 21, the Canadian government announced plans to provide the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council (GVGC) $190,000 toward a $390,000 feasibility study aimed at identifying potential improvements to three British Columbia rail corridors.

After completing the nine-month study, GVGC would recommend rail infrastructure or operating changes needed to improve the efficiency of a corridor from the U.S. border to the port of Vancouver (including the New Westminster Rail Bridge), a Canadian Pacific Railway corridor serving the Vancouver port and BC Rail Ltd.’s Delta Port Subdivision.

"By examining ways to increase efficiency, we may also identify opportunities to reduce the harmful environmental effects of transportation, such as emissions of greenhouse gases," said Transport Minister David Collenette in a prepared statement.

Transport Canada also plans to provide $100,000 for the study through the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program, which supports projects designed to address highway needs and intelligent transportation systems, and better integrate the country’s transportation system.

Other public and private entities providing funds include Western Economic Diversification Canada, the province of British Columbia, city of Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority; Vancouver Port Authority, Fraser River Port Authority; Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Canadian National Railway Co., CPR and Southern Railway of British Columbia.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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