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Canadian governments, transportation constituents team up to fund rail corridor improvements in B.C.


Public and private partners in Canada are ponying up $300 million to complete nine grade separations and improve track along the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor in British Columbia.

The partners include the Canadian government, which is providing $75 million, provincial and municipal governments, Vancouver Port Authority, TransLink, Canadian National Railway Co., Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway Co. The railroads will provide $60 million to add capacity on the corridor.

The 42-mile corridor links the Deltaport container terminal and Westshore coal terminal through the lower B.C. mainland to the rest of Canada and North America.

“The 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 Gordon Houston, Vancouver Port Authority president and chief executive officer, in a prepared statement.

The corridor projects are part of Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway initiative launched in October 2006.

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