BRAMPTON, Ont. – Peel Region, on the western edge of Toronto, will run a pilot project to test off-peak deliveries between July and December – and it has recruited some major operations to participate.
Participants include the LCBO, Loblaw Companies, PepsiCo, Walmart Canada, and Weston Foods. The region’s Smart Freight Centre will support the project with expertise from the University of Toronto, McMaster University and York University. Deloitte Canada will be advisors on the project.
The goal is to help optimize highways and other major arteries in the area, focusing on where freight is moving, maximizing existing infrastructure, and seeing what infrastructure could benefit from new investment.
TIMMINS, Ont. – The Ontario general election is well underway and getting a lot of air time, but no one would fault you if you hadn’t heard of the Northern Ontario Party (NOP), or its two truck-driving candidates.
The party, as its name would suggest, is only located in northern Ontario and prides itself on having no whip or central campaign to force candidates to stay on a single message.
That riding-first policy was part of what attracted Shawn Poirier and Gary Schaap to the smaller party. The two drivers each say the lack of party line to toe mean they get to focus on issues that matter to them and their potential constituents – concerns that are shared by those in the trucking industry.
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.
TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) released its trade infrastructure priority list today, providing it to Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
The CTA says the list comes after consultations with its provincial associations to gather input on building stronger, more efficient trade corridors.
The CTA created the list after Garneau announced more than $2 billion for the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative (TTCI), in early July. The fund is designed to strengthen Canada’s trade infrastructure, including ports, waterways, airports, roads, bridges, border crossings, rail networks and the interconnectivity between them. The CTA’s wish list meets the criteria of the program, and is being used to lobby for funds for these projects.
CTA president Stephen Laskowski, says the list isn’t exhaustive, but covers both specific projects, and general areas for consideration.
KELOWNA, BC – The BC Trucking Association is citing a broad range of policy work and gains in the last year, affecting topics from safety to the regulatory environment and taxes.
BANFF, AB – Shaun Hammond, Alberta Transportation’s assistant deputy minister – safety policy and engineering, offered government views on a broad range of issues during the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s annual meeting in Banff on Friday.
LOUISVILLE, KY – Bestpass has unveiled a toll management system designed specifically for those who lease equipment of any size – and by 2018 it expects to include most Canadian toll routes in its North American network.
CHETWYND, BC – British Columbia officials say there are some 100 sites on roads and highways in the north that require serious repair after flooding emergencies continue to wreak havoc on infrastructure.
REGINA, SK – Saskatchewan released its 2016 provincial budget this week with more than $3.5 billion earmarked for infrastructure, the largest single-year capital investment in the province’s history.
The money is part of infrastructure projects under the Saskatchewan Builds Capital Plan, overseen by the province’s Crown corporations.
The Saskatchewan Builds Capital Plan includes $875.7 million for transportation infrastructure investment in 2016-17, including $500 million to continue construction of the Regina Bypass.
On its Facebook page, the Saskatchewan Trucking Association offered a “tip of the hat” to the budget news.
YELLOWKNIFE, NWT – The third season of construction has been completed on the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway – a 120-kilometer all-weather highway that will offer a land connection to Tuktoyaktuk for the first time. Today, the only way to get there is by airplane.
BANFF, AB – A cash-strapped Alberta government is rethinking the way priorities are set for the province’s highway network and related maintenance – both for the short term and decades into the future.
Every proposed infrastructure project must now contribute to a “triple bottom line” that considers social, economic and environmental impacts, Alberta Transportation Assistant Deputy Minister Shaun Hammond said in a briefing during the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s annual convention. Decisions to twin a highway will be based on more than traffic counts alone. And “you will see more and more (environmental issues) in the next few months.”
The department is already reaching out to the association in the search for ways to reduce emissions around Red Deer, where particulates from diesel engines have played a role in creating the worst air quality in Canada. And Alberta Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason pledged earlier in the day to begin research into fuel-saving wide-base single tires “as soon as possible”.
BANFF, AB – Alberta Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason spoke to the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s annual conference this afternoon, emphasizing investments being made in the province’s road networks.
“The global collapse in oil prices, our most vital commodity, is causing tremendous economic pain and anxiety,” he said, adding that the province’s infrastructure investments are designed to help spur economic growth. “Transportation is vital to building the Alberta economy.”
CALGARY, AB – Fuel taxes and licensing are covering less than 70 per cent of roadway expenses across Canada
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.
FREDERICTON, NB – The capital budget for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure includes $78.7 million for bridges, and $214.4 million for highways.