Gateway funding to boost prairie intermodal service

REGINA — A multi-modal infrastructure project in Saskatchewan aims to improve local traffic flow, while enhancing transportation safety and security.

The infrastructure project consists of building a new Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) inter-modal facility west of Regina; the upgrading of Pinkie Road connecting to Highways 1 and 11, both National Highway System routes and connects to the City of Regina road network, which will provide direct access for international trade traffic to this facility.

The upgraded road and rail grade crossings should also result in the environmental benefits of reduced congestion and fewer vehicle emissions.

The $93-million infrastructure project is being cost-shared between different levels of government, with $27 million being chipped in by the federal government. The project is part of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI), which aims to improve the productivity of the supply chain across Western Canada to the Asia-Pacific region.

“Investing in strategic infrastructure benefits our communities and is key to Canada’s competitiveness in the rapidly changing world of global commerce,” said Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “We are committed to establishing the Gateway and Corridor system as the best link between North America and Asia, and will continue to work with the provinces and stakeholders to make it happen.”

The Regina region inter-modal project has both short- and long-term goals. It will address immediate rail capacity issues while strategically building the related road infrastructure to support expanding international trade movements.

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