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BCTA drops Chretien a line

LANGLEY, B.C. -- B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) president, Paul Landry, has written Prime Minister Jean Chretien...


LANGLEY, B.C. — B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) president, Paul Landry, has written Prime Minister Jean Chretien a letter urging him to re-evaluate his plans for a legacy.

Rather than twinning the Trans-Canada Highway from coast-to-coast, Landry says the BCTA would prefer to see strategic upgrades to the highway in heavily travelled areas such as the corridor from Vancouver to Hope.

Another area of concern addressed by Landry is the stretch from Kamloops to the Alberta border, including the infamous Revelstoke area that sees about 12 fatalities a year along its single-lane span.

Landry writes "BCTA believes that the federal government, in cooperation with provincial and municipal governments, should cost share on key strategic investments, rather than twinning the Trans-Canada Highway from coast to coast. We should be investing in projects that will not only benefit major economic centres, but also help to support the provincial and national economies."

He also urges the federal government to use existing tax revenue for the upgrades, rather than increasing fuel taxes or implementing road tolls.


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