Friday, September 16, 2011

 

More about BC Rail and the Consolation Prize

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Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Upgrades Benefit Communities, Boost Asia-Pacific Trade
Government of Canada
September 16, 2011


DELTA, BC, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Today the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway; Linda Reid, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Richmond East, on behalf of the Honourable Blair Lekstrom, British Columbia's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure; and Robin Silvester, president and CEO of Port Metro Vancouver, joined Delta Mayor Lois E. Jackson and other stakeholders to celebrate the construction of the 80th Street overpass in Delta, an important investment along the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC).

The 80th Street overpass is the result of a successful funding partnership valued at $20 million in total costs. The Government of Canada is contributing $7.2 million, the Province of British Columbia $2 million and Port Metro Vancouver $4.8 million. In addition, the Corporation of Delta is providing $1.8 million for construction, as well as $6 million to acquire lands.

"This project is part of our commitment to creating jobs and stimulating economic growth in the region," said Minister Fast. "Once completed, this grade separation will enhance rail operations and accommodate increased road and rail movements along the RBRC, an integral part of Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor."

One of nine projects in the $307-million RBRC Program, the 80th Street overpass, combined with the other projects under the program, will ease traffic congestion in the communities of Delta, Surrey, the City of Langley and the Township of Langley. The program is composed of eight overpasses and one railway siding in a 70-kilometre stretch that connects Roberts Bank, Canada's largest container facility and coal terminal, with the North American rail network. The RBRC is expected to carry increasing volumes of goods from around the world that we use here every day, as well as Canadian exports.

"The 80th Street overpass will improve the quality of life for families by providing safer access in Delta," said MLA Reid. "Today's announcement means the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor project is moving ahead as another successful Pacific Gateway collaboration. By working together with our partners, the provincial government is helping local communities preserve and enhance their quality of life while enhancing trade competitiveness, creating jobs and driving the economy for years to come."

The 80th Street overpass project also includes the recently completed repaving of 72nd Street, the creation of a new signalized intersection at Ladner Trunk Road and 72nd Street, and the provision of an advanced warning system on Ladner Trunk Road to divert motorists to 80th Street in the event of a train blocking 72nd Street.

"This is an excellent example of how partnership and cooperation between all levels of government and the private sector can achieve an outcome that will benefit not only our community but the Lower Mainland's transportation infrastructure," said Mayor Jackson.

The 80th Street overpass will benefit Delta by minimizing traffic delays and providing safe, uninterrupted vehicle access to Boundary Airport — a key service enhancement to the airport and the surrounding industrial areas.

"Along with the port community, we are investing $50 million in overpasses to improve safety and to separate road and rail traffic along the entire Roberts Bank Rail Corridor, from Delta to Langley," said Mr. Silvester. "We are pleased to work with our funding partners to advance infrastructure projects, like the 80th Street overpass, which benefit communities and support Canadian trade and jobs in the most sustainable way."

Delta is the project delivery proponent and currently expects that the project will be delivered on time and on budget. The overpass is scheduled for completion by June 2012.

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ROBERTS BANK RAIL CORRIDOR (RBRC) IMPROVEMENTS

The Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC) Program is a comprehensive package of road and rail improvements funded through a unique collaboration of 12 public- and private-sector partners. The $307-million program is designed to improve the safety and efficiency of the road and rail network, and enhance the quality of life for residents of communities through which rail traffic travels to and from Port Metro Vancouver terminals at Roberts Bank in Delta.

The partners, including Transport Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, TransLink, Port Metro Vancouver, the B.C. Corporation of Delta, the City of Surrey, the City of Langley, the Township of Langley, CN Rail, Canadian Pacific, British Columbia Railway Company and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, are working proactively to improve road access and safety for local residents by providing alternate routes over busy railways.

Improvement projects have been identified for delivery, including eight overpasses and a rail siding project. Other rail improvements will limit whistle blowing, close rail crossings and provide an advanced early warning system that will notify drivers of approaching trains. These improvements will also reduce vehicle idling time and greenhouse gas emissions.


For further information:

Contacts:     Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Ottawa 613-992-7332   

Media Relations

Transport Canada,
Ottawa
613-993-0055

          
Kate Trotter     
            
 Government Communications and  Public Engagement     
            
  British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure      
            
  250-356-8241     
            
  The Office of Mayor Lois E. Jackson     
            
   The Corporation of Delta     
            
      604-946-3210

     
    Barbara Joy-Kinsella     
            
    Government Relations and Media Relations Advisor     
     Port Metro Vancouver 604-665-9267   
 
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This insightful comment from "Chinese Sneakers" cross-posted:


Yes.

Lots of bridges. Government funded. Taxpayer dollars. On us, ultimately. They are building up the infrastructure they want while sticking us with the bill.

And one day they will try to claim it again.

That port, and the rail access to it, are going to be worth gigantic money, to someone.

They had to hang this sale out to dry in order to save the bigger deal; but they are proceeding as if nothing around it has changed.

We all know what they're up to--Supply the Chinese and Asia with raw materials, and receive manufactured goods in return. In fact, i would venture to say that a good lot of us are involved in this international trading play in some way or other.

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Also, from Skookum1 ... 


Can you spell c-o-n-s-p-i-r-a-c-y?

Thing is, how would it come about that such a key link in Canadian infrastructure was to become pawned off to an American company. OmniTRAX *O*R* WashingtonGroup/Seaspan?

Oh yeah, deep integration.

If this was such a vital link, why the hell was it being pawned off anyway? To foreign ownership, no less?????


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Conspiracy? Deep Integration? Or a far-sighted BC Premier named Campbell? To show exactly where British Columbia fits in with these plans, see:

 U.S. Awash in Oil and Lies

Quote:

It's never been clearer that corporations wield the real power in the United States and Canada, activists say.

"This is the beginning of a very big fight for the future," Barlow told IPS.

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Comments:
Can you spell c-o-n-s-p-i-r-a-c-y?

Thing is, how would it come about that such a key link in Canadian infrastructure was to become pawned off to an American company. OmniTRAX *O*R* WashingtonGroup/Seaspan?

Oh yeah, deep integration.

If this was such a vital link, why the hell was it being pawned off anyway? To foreign ownership, no less?????
 
Yes.

Lots of bridges. Government funded. Taxpayer dollars. On us, ultimately. They are building up the infrastructure they want while sticking us with the bill.

And one day they will try to claim it again.

That port, and the rail access to it, are going to be worth gigantic money, to someone.

They had to hang this sale out to dry in order to save the bigger deal; but they are proceeding as if nothing around it has changed.

We all know what they're up to--Supply the Chinese and Asia with raw materials, and receive manufactured goods in return. In fact, i would venture to say that a good lot of us are involved in this international trading play in some way or other.
 
Harper gave a speech in New York, at the Council of Foreign Relations. This was as far back as, Sept.25/2007. Harper fully endorsed the N.A.U.

The giant corporations own all of our natural resources. They control all the money.

The giant gas and oil company's thrive on wars. They also create recessions. It is true, they call all the shots. Politicians are only mouth pieces.

Once politicians started taking money from the wealthy outfits...They now find our country's owned by the exact same corporations, they took the money from.

I have no doubt that, Canada will be the largest state in the U.S.A.

How true it is, corruption kills country's.
 
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