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FREDERICTON, N.B. -- Concerns over national highway funding, air transportation and the need for a national transpo...


FREDERICTON, N.B. — Concerns over national highway funding, air transportation and the need for a national transportation strategy highlighted the annual Atlantic Transportation Minister’s meeting.

This two-day meeting, held in St. John’s, Nfld., is a precursor to the upcoming Federal/Provincial Transportation Minister’s meeting taking place Sept. 20 in Halifax.

“There was strong consensus around the table to focus our efforts and attention on our immediate priorities,” says meeting chairman Percy Barrett, Minister of Works, Services and Transportation for Newfoundland and Labrador.

On the trucking front, ministers agreed that by mid-October, uniform regulations governing vehicle weights and dimensions will be implemented in the Atlantic provinces.

Also at the meeting was Jane Lincoln, deputy commissioner for the Maine Department of Transportation. The group discussed the measures underway to support trade and the movement of goods across the border between Atlantic Canada and the Eastern U.S.


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