CTA highlights infrastructure priorities for 2012

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TORONTO, Ont. — To help the federal government prioritize possible infrastructure investments in 2012, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has released a list of roads, bridges and border crossings that the country’s motor carriers consider to be in need of improvements.

The list identifies priority projects in all the regions of Canada, that the CTA says “will increase safety and alleviate congestion on highways while helping to improve the flow of goods across the country.”

This year, the provincial trucking associations which make up the CTA made particular mention of the need for improved truck stop networks, according to officials, noting there continues to be a lack of safe rest areas for truckers to park and get their required time-off. They would also like to see the expansion of major cross-country and southbound US arteries, the CTA said.

“The companies that make up the 4,500-carrier Alliance fully understand that federal budgets will continue to be constrained heading into 2012 and that some tough decisions will need to be made,” says CTA president David Bradley. “However, because they’re out on the highways every day, truckers arguably have the clearest view of where efficiencies can be found and where infrastructure improvements would make the most sense.

“This list simply helps the government build a strategic framework of infrastructure projects it should consider undertaking for next year,” Bradley continued. “By adopting many of these suggestions, the government would give the economy a much-needed boost by improving trade and creating jobs.”

To learn more about each individual project recommendation, contact the appropriate provincial trucking association at the e-mail addresses listed below:

-Alberta: amtamsc@amta.ca

-Atlantic Canada: apta@apta.ca

-B.C.: louisey@bctrucking.com

-Manitoba: bobd@trucking.mb.ca

-Ontario: Deanna.pagnan@ontruck.org

-Quebec: info@carrefour-acq.org

-Saskatchewan: arosseker@sasktrucking.com.

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