Canada and N.B. to fund intelligent transportation

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OTTAWA, Ont. – The governments of Canada and New Brunswick have announced their intention to jointly fund a project to increase the use of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in N.B.

Andy Scott, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, on behalf of Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre, along with N.B. Transportation Minister Paul Robichaud, announced Friday the signing of a contribution agreement between the two governments for the deployment of ITS.

Under the agreement, $416,000 of federal funding has been allocated for the installation of weigh-in-motion systems at two locations along the National Highway System in New Brunswick. New Brunswick will contribute $978,703 to the project.

This new technology weighs and measures commercial vehicles without requiring them to stop at roadside weigh stations and allows enforcement agencies to pre-screen for compliance with roadside clearance requirements. It will also provide the base technology for data collection required to begin implementation of the Intelligent Transportation Systems/Commercial Vehicle Operations Deployment Plan for N.B. This plan will define strategies for a coordinated approach to the deployment of commercial vehicle operations technologies throughout the province.
Federal funding will be provided under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program, a $600 million program to improve highway infrastructure across Canada. Part of this funding – $100 million – is for initiatives that better integrate the country’s transportation system. One of these is the Intelligent Transportation Systems initiative, which also includes applications such as advanced systems for traveller information, traffic management, public transport, commercial vehicle operations, emergency response management and vehicle safety.

“The implementation of intelligent transportation systems in New Brunswick will help improve the efficiency of our highway system,” said Scott. “This is great news for businesses who are dependent on getting their goods to market in a cost-effective and timely manner.”

“Intelligent transportation systems can improve the safety and security of our transportation system while enhancing economic productivity and minimizing negative impacts on the environment,” said Lapierre. “This agreement demonstrates both the Government of Canada’s and the Government of New Brunswick’s commitment to improving the transportation system in Atlantic Canada.”

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