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Public-private partners cap off Canadian corridor program's first project


Yesterday, Canadian government officials announced the completion of a grade separation in Tsawwassen, British Columbia — the first of nine projects to be completed in the $307 million Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC) Program, which is designed to ease traffic congestion in Delta, Surrey, Langley, B.C.

The program calls for building eight grade separations or overpasses and one rail siding in a 43-mile stretch of the predominantly single-track corridor that connects Roberts Bank to the North American rail network and includes Deltaport. The corridor is expected to accommodate increasing volumes of imported and exported goods.

“Demand for Canadian exports in Asia-Pacific markets continues to grow at a rapid rate, and investments such as these along the [corridor] are furthering Canada's competitive advantages, improving infrastructure in local communities, and creating jobs and prosperity for workers, businesses and families," said Ed Fast, Canada’s minister of international trade and minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, in a prepared statement.

The $24 million grade separation was funded by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure ($5.5 million), British Columbia Railway Co. ($12.6 million), Transport Canada ($3.5 million) and Port Metro Vancouver ($2.4 million). The RBRC Program is funded by 12 public and private partners: the B.C. ministry, Transport Canada, TransLink, Port Metro Vancouver, CN, Canadian Pacific, BNSF Railway Co., B.C. Railway, the corporation of Delta, city of Surrey, and city and township of Langley.

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