OTTAWA, Jan. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Member of Parliament
for Delta—Richmond East, on behalf of the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister
of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today
announced that the Government of Canada is funding an important new
project in Delta, B.C., which builds on its commitment to open new
markets for Canadian exports and increase transportation and trade
capacity through the Asia-Pacific Gateway.
"Our government's top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and
securing long-term prosperity for Canadian families," said MP Findlay.
"This new project will not only make it easier for Canadian exports to
travel through the Asia-Pacific Gateway to high-growth markets
throughout Asia, but will address some of the transportation pressures
port growth has placed on local transportation."
The Government of Canada is contributing a maximum of $19.9 million,
through its Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI), to a
$45-million overpass on the Deltaport Causeway, part of Port Metro
Vancouver's Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project. The
export facilitation project is an efficient and cost-effective plan to
increase container capacity through improvements to existing port
infrastructure at Port Metro Vancouver's Deltaport Container Terminal.
The overpass will improve the efficiency, safety and fluidity of
traffic to and from the terminal, by eliminating conflicts between rail
and truck traffic. The project involves the construction of a two-lane
overpass that will provide grade separation between rail tracks and the
Deltaport Causeway access road adjacent to the Deltaport Container
Terminal. The grade separation will contribute up to 200,000
twenty-foot equivalent units of additional capacity annually at
"The Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project will increase
capacity and efficiency within our existing footprint," said Robin
Silvester, President and CEO, Port Metro Vancouver. "This project
increases industrial density, adding container capacity at Roberts
Bank, while easing the impacts of a growing port on nearby
To date, the Harper government has invested $1.4 billion in almost 50
infrastructure projects, valued at over $3.3 billion, in partnership
with all four Western provinces, municipalities and the private sector.
These investments are positioning Canada as the Gateway of choice
between Asia and North America and have helped Canadian exports to the
region reach record levels. In fact, Canada's west coast ports are more
than two days closer to Asian markets than any other ports in North
For project updates, please visit Port Metro Vancouver's website: www.portmetrovancouver.com/en/projects/OngoingProjects/DTRRIP.aspx
For more information on the APGCI, please visit us at: www.asiapacificgateway.gc.ca
SOURCE: Transport Canada
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