Feds give nod to transportation and intermodal projects

OTTAWA, Transport Canada is shelling out over $1 million for 13 projects across the country meant to advance transportation planning and enhance integration between transportation modes.

The projects are being funded under the Transportation Planning and Modal Integration initiatives, as announced by Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon. Under the program, applicants submit project ideas to Transport Canada, which then selects and contributes funding to the successful projects.

Much of TPMI program’s focus is on VanPort’s intermodal systems

Successful projects must meet certain criteria, such as: support trade, tourism and traffic flows through integrated surface; enhance transportation corridors and improve connections between modes, through infrastructure and technology; and increase transportation mobility, safety, and efficiency for system users.

To date, approximately $5 million in funding has been granted to a total of 45 projects across the country.

A few of the projects include:

Simulation Model of Container Transport Security for the Vancouver Gateway: The University of B.C. will receive up to $23,250 to develop a simulation model of the movement of seaborne international containers through the Vancouver gateway in order to model the benefits and costs of alternative security options. The model will represent the operational characteristics of all participants in the container transport chain.

False Creek Flats Rail Corridor Strategy: The City of Vancouver will receive up to $85,000 to complete a long-term multimodal transportation planning study of the rail corridor connecting the False Creek Flats to the Burrard Inlet from the Grandview Cut to the Port of Vancouver. This study will explore passenger and freight rail infrastructure issues over the next 50 years.

Halifax is getting cash to study an inland
terminal and trucking option plan

Primary Weight Corridors for Rural Saskatchewan: The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities will receive up to $41,599 to develop a rural primary weight corridor system which will help achieve a more integrated transportation system in terms of vehicle weight allowed on the road network. To that end it will identify sections of municipal roads that if upgraded could provide strategic linkages to the current primary weight highway system that connects to major terminals for commodity railway transportation.

Feasibility Analysis for Multimodal Freight Facility in Regina: The Regina Regional Economic Development Authority will receive up to $20,000 to complete a feasibility study for a proposed multimodal air-truck-rail container facility.

Modelling the Impact of Growing Overseas Trade on Canadian Seaports: McGill University will receive up to $83,317 to develop integrated models of overseas trade and seaport operations and dynamics to promote the seamless integration of freight transportation by water, road and rail.

Online Simulator of Full Costs of Intermodal Freight Transportation: Egidd, located in Quebec City, will receive up to $99,966 to develop a tool to optimize transportation solutions using an intermodal approach (road-road and road-rail), as well as a website to facilitate strategic cooperation, planning, decision-making and governance in order to promote intermodal freight transportation.

Halifax Inland Terminal Plan: The Halifax Regional Municipality will receive up to $57,000 to develop a business plan for the construction and operation of an inland terminal at Rocky Lake in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The project will build on the findings of a previous Halifax Inland Terminal and Trucking Options Study.

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