The government of Canada is investing in the Atlantic Gateway to improve the supply chain efficiency and competitiveness of transportation in New Brunswick, according to Keith Ashfield, Canada’s minister of fisheries and oceans, minister for the Atlantic Gateway and regional minister for New Brunswick, on behalf of Denis Lebel, minister of transport infrastructure and communities; minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the regions of Quebec; and minister of intergovernmental affairs, along with Claude Williams, New Brunswick minister of transportation and infrastructure.
Canada and New Brunswick are contributing funding for new tntelligent transportation systems toward a commercial vehicle preclearance system, which will reduce the number of times vehicles need to stop at inspection stations; an online permitting system for special moves of over-sized and over-dimension loads by truck; and a provincial ITS architecture planning document, which will identify opportunities for improved integration and information sharing for a safer and more effective transportation network.
The total cost of these projects is estimated at C$427,000 (approximately US$415,800), with the federal government contributing up to C$210,000 (US$204,525) under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program. In addition, the province of New Brunswick is providing C$217,000 (US$211,383) toward the completion of these projects.
Under the ITS Strategic Plan for Canada, En Route to Intelligent Mobility, the Canadian government committed to advancing the development and deployment of innovative technologies across the country. To date, about 200 technology projects have received funding under this plan, totaling more than C$30 million.