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Port authority chipping in for infrastructure upgrades

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Vancouver Port Authority has announced it will contribute up to $50 million toward road and ...

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Vancouver Port Authority has announced it will contribute up to $50 million toward road and rail grade separated crossings in communities along the Roberts Bank rail corridor, the rail line that services the Deltaport container terminal and Westshore coal terminal.

“The Port of Vancouver’s investment in these grade separations will reduce traffic congestion at rail crossings, enhance safety and reduce noise pollution by eliminating the need to sound train whistles at these crossings,” said Captain Gordon Houston, president and CEO of the VPA. “This is an unprecedented financial contribution by the Vancouver Port Authority and a signal of our commitment to mitigate the impacts of port-related growth on communities.”

The Roberts Bank Road/Rail Interface Study has identified approximately $300 million in grade separation and rail improvements to be funded by the Vancouver Port Authority, federal and provincial governments, Translink and the railways, with municipalities being asked to contribute toward projects of primary interest to them.

“Under the leadership of ministers Cannon, Emerson and Falcon, the federal and provincial governments have been instrumental in making this project a reality, said Sarah Morgan-Silvester, chair of the VPAs board of directors. The federal government has provided tremendous stewardship in the development of this complex initiative, while both governments have also made substantial financial commitments.”

The Port of Vancouver’s contribution will be directed at nine grade separations in the vicinity of Delta, Surrey and Langley.

Delta will also see two additional crossings addressed separately from the port’s investment, but as part of the proposed South Fraser Perimeter Road Project.

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