The province’s many diverse economic sectors, including trade, tourism, international education, natural resources, agrifoods and manufacturing, depend on a world-class transportation system enabling efficient and reliable connections between manufacturers, container and bulk ships, trains, trucks and airplanes to reach global markets.
- B.C.’s transportation system directly employs over 138,000 people.
- It contributed $12 billion to the economy in 2015.
- In 2016, B.C.’s world-class transportation network allowed for $71 billion in exports to be transported through the province:
- $45 billion by ship
- $11.8 billion by truck
- $6.3 billion by rail
- $6 billion by pipeline
- $2.3 billion by air
- Since 2005, over $22 billion has been committed by private and public partners on new gateway-related infrastructure. By the end of 2016, $19.5 million is complete, with the rest to be complete by 2022.
- The Pacific Gateway Transportation Strategy 2012-2020 identifies a further $25 billion needed in new investment – public and private –to build transportation capacity to support projected increases in demand. Over $20 billion has been committed for projects designed to improve supply chain efficiency.
- In 2016, The Port of Vancouver handled 135 million tonnes of cargo.
- In response to increasing container traffic at B.C. ports, the B.C. government has been partnering with Canada, the ports, local governments and the private sector on projects that support economic activity. For example:
- B.C. invested over $10 million in the recently completed Philip Avenue overpass to improve access to the North Shore Trade Area and the neighbouring residential area.
- Supporting the work of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to increase container capacity at Roberts Bank.
- Along with the province’s partners, government helped deliver the $307 million Roberts Bank Rail Corridor, a project which has improved the flow of train and vehicle traffic between Deltaport through to Highway 1 in Langley.
- The $1.26 billion South Fraser Perimeter Road project now connects Highway 15 (176th Street) in North Surrey to southwest Delta, removing container truck traffic from community streets, providing a faster route to Deltaport and the ferries.
- B.C. invested $15 million dollars in the Road Rail Utility Corridor project at the Port of Prince Rupert, adding to infrastructure needed to enable future development on Ridley Island, which will contribute to the port’s continuing growth.
- In 2016, Vancouver International Airport carried a record 22.3 million passengers. YVR is welcoming new direct flights to Europe, China, Japan and Mexico.
- B.C. on the Move, B.C.’s 10-year transportation plan, is prioritizing a Provincial Trucking Strategy which includes:
- Upgrading and replacing structures such as bridges and overpasses to accommodate the increasingly heavy and large loads that industry needs to transport.
- Working with industry to expand the number of provincial highway corridors pre-approved for transport of 85 – 125-metric-tonne loads.
- Streamlining permitting while ensuring commercial vehicle safety.
- Supporting the Office of the Independent Container Trucking Commissioner.
- B.C. on the Move also includes priorities to enable efficient ports and rail, including:
- Investing in infrastructure that enhances access to ports and increase port bulk, breakbulk and container capacity.
- Investing in infrastructure that enhances efficiency of goods movement by rail.
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