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B.C. releases 10-year transportation plan


March 20, 2015
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March 18th, 2015 – The B.C. government announced B.C. on the Move, a
10-year transportation plan that outlines critical investments and improvements
throughout the province that will improve the daily lives of British
Columbians.

March 18th, 2015 – The B.C. government announced B.C. on the Move, a
10-year transportation plan that outlines critical investments and improvements
throughout the province that will improve the daily lives of British
Columbians.

 

This $2.5-billion plan will grow the economy, improve
safety, maintain and replace aging infrastructure and support trade for B.C.’s
expanding resource sectors through Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway.

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“The best possible transportation network is vital to the
daily lives of every single British Columbian and is one of the most important foundations
of a strong economy,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd
Stone. “B.C. on the Move is the roadmap for the next 10 years on how we will
expand and improve our transportation network to ultimately improve the quality
of life for us all.”

 

The plan included input from an extensive engagement process
in fall 2014 that included meetings with key stakeholders throughout B.C.,
including First Nations, local governments, chambers of commerce and port and
airport authorities. Government also conducted a public survey with almost
13,000 responses.

 

British Columbians made it clear they want their highways,
roads, bridges and side roads kept in good condition, which is why the plan
includes more than $800 million over the next three years dedicated to existing
infrastructure and almost $1 billion toward expansion of major highways and the
network.

 

B.C. on the Move includes a new Provincial Trucking Strategy
that will involve industry working together on how best to improve the safety,
efficiency and economics of trucking in B.C.

 

Other highlights of B.C. on the Move:

 

Partnering with First Nations on projects that support
economic activity.

Improving accessibility for persons with limited mobility by
upgrading rest areas.

New investments in bike lanes and trails through
partnerships with local communities.

The foundation of B.C. on the Move is partnerships. Where
partners are committed to sharing costs and providing resources to mutual
priorities, the Province will actively pursue and invest in projects.