SALISBURY, N.B. — The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick are contributing thousands in funding for several new Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) projects. The projects include:
• The Commercial Vehicle Preclearance System – The system for compliant vehicles is designed to reduce the number of times vehicles need to stop at inspection stations, saving time and reducing fuel usage.
• The Online Special Moves Permitting System – Designed to modernize and streamline the process for the trucking industry to apply for and receive special permits for moving over-sized and over-dimension loads – in an effort to save time for both industry and government, and provide a one-stop, online portal for users in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
• The Provincial ITS Architecture planning document – Designed to identify opportunities for improved integration and information/data sharing in an attempt to create a safer, more efficient and more effective transportation network.
The total cost of these projects is estimated at $427,000, with the federal government contributing up to $210,000 under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program and the Province of New Brunswick providing $217,000.
“A strong and efficient transportation sector is critical to Canada’s future economic growth. I am proud that our government is supporting these projects, which will improve the Atlantic Gateway’s supply chain efficiency, and reduce delays and fuel consumption for commercial vehicle operations,” said Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Regional Minister for New Brunswick. “The Government of Canada is committed to continue working with its provincial and private-sector partners to implement the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor Strategy, which will help position Atlantic Canada as a key entry point into North America.”
“Advanced technologies make it possible to improve operational safety, security, efficiency and environmental responsibility without changing the existing infrastructure,” said Claude Williams, New Brunswick Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Ultimately, improving commercial vehicle operations ensures a competitive industry and a more efficient Atlantic Gateway transportation network.”
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