TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT

STARTS TERMINAL PROJECT

SAN FRANCISCO - Mayor Frank Jordan on Tuesday inaugurated construction of San Francisco Airport's international terminal.

The $850 million project will more than double the number of terminal gates to 26, up from 10 presently. About 5,000 people an hour are expected to move through new customs, immigration and baggage inspection counters.

The new terminal is part of a $2.4 billion airport expansion project that may create 4,000 jobs during construction and indirectly create 11,600 jobs after construction, the mayor's office said.

HEARTLAND EXPRESSWAY

GETS A THUMBS DOWN

GREELEY, Colo. - The proposed "Heartland Expressway," to link Denver and Scottsbluff, Neb., will not be economically beneficial, a consulting firm concluded.

"At this time, an improved highway between Denver and Scottsbluff would not provide sufficient economic benefits to justify the large costs of building and maintaining the improvement," Wilbur Smith Associates said.

The South Carolina firm based its findings on a six-month, $400,000 study examining several possible routes linking the two cities. The firm determined ''that none of the Heartland Expressway South alternatives are feasible."

The expressway was identified in the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act as one of 30 high-priority corridors nationwide.

PORT OF PORTLAND

LEASES TRUCK TERMINAL

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Port of Portland last week agreed to lease a truck terminal on nearly five acres of land on Swan Island to Eastern Oregon Fast Freight (EOFF), which does business as Garcia Transport Co.

Financial terms of the lease were not disclosed. The port-owned terminal, built in the 1960s, has 36 doors and a 4,800-square-foot maintenance shop.

EOFF/Garcia is an employee-owned common carrier that has provided truck service from Portland to Eugene, Ore. and east to Boise, Idaho since 1984. The company also provides drayage and cartage for local businesses, including service to the port's major container facility at Terminal 6.

It operates 12 truck terminals in Oregon and Idaho.

ONTARIO TRUCKERS PAN

BOUCHARD OVER REMARKS

TORONTO - The Ontario Trucking Association has fired off an angry letter to Lucien Bouchard, the Bloc Quebecois leader, chiding him for dragging truckers into the referendum debate.

Mr. Bouchard told a rally in Montreal that Ontario truckers would circle their rigs around the Ontario legislature if Ontario Premier Mike Harris tried to set up border posts between Ontario and an independent Quebec.

In the letter to Mr. Bouchard, David Bradley, association president, said if Ontario-Quebec trade is hampered, it would be the fault of separatists.

"I wish he'd left us out of it," Mr. Bradley said in an interview Tuesday. "But in using us the way he did, we had no choice but to respond."

Mr. Bradley said members of his association, the largest of its kind in Canada, would never resort to circling the legislature to pressure politicians.

The association represents 800 member companies.

RPS BREAKS GROUND

FOR HUB IN MONTANA

BILLINGS, Mont. - Roadway Package System Inc. broke ground for a new hub here Tuesday.

The Pittsburgh-based parcel and package carrier is doubling the size of its hub network over the next two years to handle more overnight ground business. The cost of the new facility was not disclosed.

The new 30,000-square-foot facility is due to open in May 1996, and will

serve the upper Great Plains and eastern Rockies.

The company said the hub is also crucial to RPS achieving 100 percent coverage of the United States by next July.