Moving the Economy

Information and background on how we import, export and move goods across our province to driving the economy, including the Pacific Gateway program and the work of commercial vehicles.

How You Can Help Us Build our 10 Year Transportation Plan

10 Year Transportation Plan

What should be the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure priorities and what are the best opportunities for us over the next decade? From growing the economy to increasing community connections and more, we want to hear from you on what you feel is most important to you. This is all to fuel “BC on the Move,” a new 10-year transportation plan. Starting today (Oct 14, 2014), you can submit your feedback online. For a bit of background, you’ll also find a discussion guide available that includes an overview of BC’s transportation network, a summary of the work that’s been done and projects we’re currently committed to, as well as highlights of some of our strategies moving forward. We’ll be accepting feedback around this plan until 4 pm on Friday, December, 12, 2014. What happens next? We’ll review your input, along with technical information and feedback from our key stakeholders...

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Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

Are You Ready for Winter Driving? 3 Helpful Websites

Winter is advancing on British Columbia. Look to Alberta in the east: snow. Look to Yukon in the north: more snow. Winter has us surrounded. Chilling, isn’t it? Don’t freak out. You’ve got this. And we can help you know before you go. By preparing yourself and your vehicle, you can defend yourself against this annual onslaught. Together with our Winter Driving Safety Alliance partners, we’re dedicated to giving you the knowledge and tools to enter this winter season with confidence. That’s what the Shift Into Winter awareness campaign, which launches today (Oct 6, 2014), is all about. These three websites are a great place to start getting into the winter-ready mindset: Winter Tires and Chains WebsiteGot a question about winter tires and chains? You’ll likely find it here.Starting last week (Oct 1, to be exact), passenger vehicles are required to use tires with the M+S or the mountain/snowflake emblem...

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Why There’s Heavy Machinery in the Lougheed Hwy Wetlands

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There’s a careful balance between making highways safer and preserving nature. When we widened Lougheed Highway 7 to four lanes between Nelson and Wren streets in Mission a few years ago, we had to sacrifice a portion of local fish habitat. But we also committed to help restore that habitat, which is important for salmon and other wildlife along the Stave and Fraser rivers. Phase 1 of the restoration was completed at the Silverdale Wetland last year. And if you travelled passed Silvermere Lake recently, you likely noticed the start of Phase 2 in the form of some heavy machinery mobilized in the wetlands south of the highway. Thanks to strong partnerships and behind the scenes prep work between local First Nations, governments and community organizations, work has begun. What’s Happening Now? We’ve been working with the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition (FVWC) on this compensation project from the start...

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Shift into Winter: The Inside Scoop on Winter Tires and Chains

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When are winter tires or chains right for you? Good question – glad you asked. With tire/chain requirements coming into effect today (October 1) on most B.C. highways, we want to clear up any confusion so you can get your mind back on the road this winter. To help you — and by “you,” we mean passenger vehicle drivers and commercial truck drivers — navigate your winter tread and chain needs, we recently went live with a brand new Winter Tires and Chains website, which guides you through depending on the vehicle you drive and where you drive it. So, what is a winter tire? Is it one with a mountain/snowflake symbol?  How about M+S (mud and snow) tires? We recently assessed the existing definition of “winter tires and chains” as part of the highway speed and safety review. There are six things you need to know now. What’s...

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Why the Completion of the Mufford/64th Ave Overpass Matters to You

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It’s official. The opening of the Mufford/64th Avenue Overpass marks the completion of all nine Roberts Bank Rail Corridor projects in the lower mainland of British Columbia.  Happy dance! Like others completed as a part of this project, this overpass will improve safety by eliminating the need for road traffic to wait at a rail crossing.  We also completed other enhancements in the area including the realignment of the Mufford Crescent/Glover Road intersection. We captured the construction of this overpass on video and condensed it down into a cool little time-lapse video. What is the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor project? Basically, it’s a 70 kilometre stretch of road and rail infrastructure connecting Canada’s largest container facility (Roberts Bank) with the North American rail network. It carries increasing volumes of freight through the communities of Delta, Surrey and Langley, which is why these nine projects are so important. They will...

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Top 14 Resources for National Trucking Week

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“Keep on Truckin’.” “If you bought it, a truck brought it.” “Big or small, truckers haul it all.” It’s that time of year again where we highlight the importance of moving the economy and the men and women that make it happen, across Canada and in BC. From September 7th to 13th, 2014, it’s National Trucking Week.  We definitely aim to share useful information with truckers through our blog posts (they are one of our most important audiences) so we wanted to continue that focus by highlighting some of the top resources available for the industry. Whether you’re an active driver or curious about the profession, here are some handy links: Provincial Permit Centre – over the phone, email and online, get your permits for everything from highway crossing to oversize loads to motor fuel tax, and more. Commercial Vehicle Permits Online – remember that I just mentioned about...

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How to Stay Safe While Waiting for a Tow Truck

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You could be anywhere when your vehicle fails unexpectedly. Whether it’s a busy freeway or a quiet neighbourhood street, there’s a sense of vulnerability when you’re left stranded. Tow truck operators like Larry Styba regularly come to B.C. travellers’ rescue. That’s their job. But their job puts them in vulnerable positions, too. We recently talked to Larry about how travellers can protect themselves and tow truck operators in cone zones on B.C. Highways. TranBC: Hi Larry. Thanks for joining us. Please start by introducing yourself. Larry: My name is Larry Styba and I work with Maple Ridge Towing. I’m a WreckMaster Level 6/7, certified towing and recovery operator. I’m also our public relations person as well as driver trainer. Protecting Tow Truck Operators TranBC: What can drivers do to travel safely near tow truck operators working roadside? Larry: The biggest thing about vehicles passing my roadside hookup scenes, or...

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3 Things You Need To Know About How We Update Information on DriveBC

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DriveBC is our most popular website and it’s easy to see why. It’s the place you go to find out everything you need to know about road conditions and events across the province and to make informed decisions about travelling, before you head out on the highway. Recently, you asked us how and when information is updated on the site. It’s a good question and one we are happy to answer (along with a couple of other questions sent in to us recently). Read on: 1.       Where does the information come from? When an event happens on a provincial highway, whether it’s planned or un-planned, our goal is to get the word out as soon as possible. Getting and sharing the right information in a timely way means that we have to draw on multiple sources for updates. These include: emergency services (police, ambulance, fire), ministry staff, ministry maintenance...

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Tell Us How to Make BC Transportation Better

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Customer service is a major part of what we do at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. From maintaining highways to handling development approvals, our goal is to provide the best service we can. Of course, there’s always room for improvement. That’s why we’re asking you to help make us better by taking our 12th annual Customer Satisfaction Survey, open from June 25 to August 12. Last year, we received more than 3,200 responses from folks across the province, including 327 face-to-face interviews with district staff. We learned a lot about what matters to you, including: Highway signage and line markings Cycling infrastructure Commercial vehicle safety and enforcement Traffic management Rest areas DriveBC webcams… and more In fact, the survey looks a little different this year based on your previous feedback. For example, one of the questions is focused specifically on DriveBC. It goes like this: Please rank the...

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Tell TranBC

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What Do You Want to Know More About? Are you looking for something on TranBC but can’t find it? Or have a question about what the ministry does and why we do it? Share your question with us and we’ll try to get you an answer. Who knows – your question could be our next blog! Thank you – we couldn’t do this without YOU.

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