B.C. Gateway program “vital for future prosperity”, says WESTAC

by Canadian Shipper

VANCOUVER, B.C.–The Western Transportation Advisory Council (WESTAC) says British Columbia’s Gateway program is a key to future prosperity on the West Coast.

The Gateway Program is about creating a comprehensive, effective network that supports improved movement of people and goods, increases transportation choice, facilitates economic growth, and provides better connections to designated population growth areas.

The Gateway program, part of B.C. Premier Campbell and Transportation Minister Falcon have shown leadership and vision in finding a solution to reduce congestion in the Lower Mainland. Failure to solve this problem will damage our trade-based economy and reduce our standard of living, says Western Transportation Advisory Council (WESTAC).

“This program allows for easier access to Asian markets for Canadian shippers, which combined with unprecedented trade opportunities will maximize
our prosperity,” says Hon. Dr. Lyle Oberg, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation for Alberta and Chair of WESTAC. “This is a step forward for
Albertans and for all Canadians.”

“There is too much at risk if B.C. had not initiated this plan,” says Ruth Sol WESTAC President.

“Transportation is an economic driver and hampering its growth is detrimental to us all. This initiative will ensure Vancouver remains the Port of choice on the West Coast and our business, freight, jobs and opportunities are not be lost to better funded U.S. system.”

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