OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian and US governments have announced the completion of a study that examined how the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system can be better utilized for freight transportation.
Federal Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon announced the results yesterday along with Mary Peters, Secretary of Transportation in the US Department of Transportation.
“The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system is a vital resource. As one of the world’s greatest and most strategic waterways, it has always been an essential part of North America’s transportation infrastructure,” said Cannon. “The system is at the heart of one of the largest and most dynamic trade hubs in the world. We want to make sure that in years to come it continues to serve efficiently as one of North America’s trade corridors.”
The seaway is seen by many as a viable alternative to trucks. It has the capacity to carry twice its current volume of traffic, according to the studys findings. Other key findings include: the seaway has the potential to alleviate road congestion and border crossing congestion; a stronger focus on shortsea shipping would allow the system to be more closely integrated with trucking while providing shippers with a more efficient option; existing infrastructure along the seaway system must be maintained in order to ensure continued safety and efficiency; and the long-term health and success of the seaway system depends on its sustainability and ability to reduce negative ecological impacts caused by commercial navigation.
To view the report in its entirety, visit: www.glsls-study.com.
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