Saguenay opens rail link and intermodal rail yard

by MM&D Online Staff

SAGUENAY, Quebec—A rail link now connects the Grande-Anse terrminal in the Port of Saguenay to the Roberval-Saguenay rail line and a new intermodal rail yard at the Port of Saguenay.

The 12-kilometre rail link and the intermodal rail yard at the Port of Saguenay will facilitate the transfer of goods from the railway network to ships docking at the Grand-Anse marine terminal. The new rail link will provide shippers with additional transportation options, increase the efficiency and capacity of port operations, and facilitate interprovincial and international trade.

The total cost of the project was $37 million. The Government of Canada provided $15 million from the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. The Quebec government contributed $10 million from the Programme d’aide à la réduction et l’évitement des gaz à effet de serre (PAREGES) financed by the Green Fund as part of the Climate Change Action Plan. The City of Saguenay and the Saguenay Port Authority each provided $6 million.

The Grande-Anse terminal in the Port of Saguenay benefits from its deep‑water location, its industrial development potential, and its geographic location near urban services in the heart of a region that has direct access to the regions of Northern Quebec and has a number of heavy industries, particularly in the aluminum manufacturing and forestry sectors.

“By carrying out this project that is part of the objectives of the Maritime Strategy, we will increase the terminal’s capacity and develop new railway operations that will contribute to support the region’s economy. Also, the new rail link will be beneficial for the environment and could eventually reduce greenhouse gases by 20,000 tonnes annually. The Government of Quebec’s Ministry of Transport provided this financial assistance from the Climate Change Action Plan’s Green Fund that promotes reducing greenhouse gases by implementing intermodal projects for the transportation of goods,” said Serge Simard, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region and Member for Dubuc.