MONCTON, N.B. — A comprehensive study into the transportation infrastructure of the five easternmost Canadian provinces and four northeastern American states has been launched to provide critical economic information for government and business in those regions.
It will also be a key analysis into the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies’ (AIMS) Atlantica concept – a transportation/business corridor that extends from the Port of Halifax through New Brunswick and Maine to Ontario, Quebec and New England markets.
“This is a major forward step for AIMS’ Atlantica concept,” said Brian Lee Crowley, president of the AIMS in a news release last week. “At the end of the process we will have a study of the existing infrastructure and the needs of the international northeast economic region. But more, we will have the precedent of the governments of four U.S. states, five Canadian provinces and the two national governments working together.”
According to an article in the Moncton Times & Transcript, the contract will likely be awarded by February with a start date expected sometime in March.
The study will assess transportation and economic conditions across a key geographic region for all players in the study, specifically the potential for development of Atlantica as a gateway to the economic core of North America.
The study will examine all modes of transportation links within the region as well as connections to other regions, extending from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Seaboard.
The deadline for a request for proposals for the year-long study is Dec. 16.
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