Transportation infrastructure gets $7M

by Today's Trucking

MONTREAL, Que. — The federal government is investing $7 million in a new traffic management and optimization system in the municipal road corridors adjacent to the Port of Montreal.

It will help reduce traffic congestion around Canada’s second-largest port.

Port of Montreal
The new investment will help reduce traffic congestion around the Port of Montreal. (Photo: Port of Montreal)

The investment was announced Wednesday by Transportation Minister Marc Garneau.

The project includes:

  • Acquiring and installing sensors and devices to collect data;
  • Developing and implementing infrastructure for sharing and distributing data;
  • Developing tools for decision support, supervision and scenario development;
  • Developing systems that will anticipate impacts and disturbances; and
  • Installing dynamic display screens on the streets and introducing information tools for users.

The money will come from the National Trade Corridors Fund, a merit-based program that invests in critical assets that support economic activity.

“Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors,” said Garneau.

“We are supporting projects which help move goods efficiently to market and people to their destinations, stimulate our economy during the pandemic, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”

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  • The problem around the port isn’t the streets infrastructure….90 percent of the time there is no traffic on the streets around the port. The other 10 percent is traffic from the port that overspills unto the streets because the main area at the entrance of the port is full. The main issue is the processing time that it takes to serve a truck winthin the port area. If the processing issues are not resolved inside the port, we will always continue to have traffic issues on the streets regardless of all the signage installed. Trucks have a very small window to bring containers to the port. When it is time for the container to be delivered to the port, we cannot say no and come back at a later time. Money can be better spent on port management rather than signage everyone will ignore.