ARLINGTON, VA – The head of the American Trucking Associations has called on the U.S. government to invest more in highway infrastructure to help the trucking industry keep up with growing demand for freight transportation services.
COURTENAY, B.C. – As paving season approaches, the stretch of highway 19 between Courtenay and Campbell River, British Columbia will receive a fresh coat of asphalt under two road projects.
VANCOUVER, BC – British Columbia Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone has released design and cost details for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project that will result in a new 10-lane bridge built over the Fraser River at Highway 99.
TORONTO, ON and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Traffic collisions in Canada are increasing while fatal crashes in the United States during the first half of the year also moved higher following a 2014 decline, according to newly released and separate reports, signaling to trucking that roadways are as dangerous as ever in many ways.
HALIFAX, NS — Mandatory entry-level training, trailer licensing, single wide tires and infrastructure: If Maritime provincial governments really want to help the trucking industry, these are the top priorities, according to the association that represents truckers in the Atlantic Provinces. The Executive Director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) Jean-Marc Picard told the association’s annual board of directors meeting Wednesday that the New Brunswick Minister of Transportation Roger Melanson’s office “reached out and asked what were the three areas they could focus on as a government but also work with the industry to bring efficiencies.”
The association is lobbying three of four Atlantic provinces in favor of mandatory entry-level training; Prince Edward Island is out of sync and not in favor of the mandatory training, because of the agriculture industry. Rather than mandatory entry level training, the PEI government has said they are willing to put a certification on a truck driver’s licence if the driver received training before passing the Class-1 test.
OTTAWA – The Canadian government on Wednesday announced it will spend approximately $16.5 million on nine transportation infrastructure improvement projects in British Columbia to help freight more efficiently.
All are for Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway, an investment and policy initiative focused on increasing trade with the Asia-Pacific region by improving the region’s network of seaports, airports, railways, roadways and border crossings across Western Canada.
According to Transport Canada, these new projects will reduce bottlenecks, address capacity issues and enhance the efficiency of the transportation system in moving goods, services and people to and from the fast-growing Asia-Pacific economies.
VANCOUVER and RICHMOND, BC — With a Federal election just over three months away (Oct.19th) Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has been busy this week announcing projects affecting trucking and other industries as part of an overall effort to boost trade with parts of Asia.
TORONTO- Toronto Mayor John Tory announced that construction on a section of the Gardiner Expressway will finish two months ahead of schedule at an extra cost of $2-million.
TORONTO – The OPP has started using new tools to reduce the number of people evading the 407 tolls.
MAPLE CREEK, Sask. — Enough pieces of the flooded stretch of Trans-Canada Highway were put back together to allow traffic to begin flowing across the Alberta-Saskatchewan border again.
TORONTO — There’s a teenage girl alive today, somewhere in the Toronto area, because a truck driver named Tim Ferguson, who drives for Guelph, Ont.,-based Mackinnon Transport, saved her life.
TORONTO, ON – Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation fined snow plow contractors after deciding the province’s highways have not been adequately maintained this winter.
VICTORIA, BC – British Columbians plan to meet and protest on the lawn of the Provincial Legislature on Tuesday, March 11. Their message? Stop the cuts, lower the fares and put BC Ferries back into the Highway system.
INUVIK, NWT- Construction has begun on the first year-round road between the Arctic coast and the rest of Canada.