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.

9 Clues to Solving the Mystery of the Pilot Car

Pilot car with load 5.18 metres high and 4.27 metres wide.

You may have spotted pilot cars – half ton pickups that escort trucks hauling gigantic loads like houses, bridge girders, windmill blades and parts of industrial plants. But did you know how they work (and how to work with them), as they help move over-size loads safely to their destination? Here’s an overview… Pilot cars guide you, the load and the load’s driver and you so that everyone gets to their destination safely. They work with and transport drivers...

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Runaway Lanes and How to Prevent Brake Loss in Commercial Vehicles Explained

Runaway lane sign

If you’ve ever driven down a mountain pass in British Columbia, you’ve likely looked up in awe at an off ramp rising up, up, up into… well, apparently nowhere. As the signs state, that is a runaway lane. In other words, it’s the road less travelled that you do not want to have to take. But, if you ever find yourself out of control down a hill, it’s the road you will be more than relieved to see. BC’s...

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How You are Changing Signs on the South Fraser Perimeter Road

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The South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) is a new major provincial highway, and building it triggered travel pattern changes. Many of the original signs show local street names to help drivers with navigating the new highway and side road connections. Since opening the highway, about 18 months ago, we’ve been gathering feedback from you. Much of that feedback has to do with challenges understanding these signs. We heard you, and we’re using your input to make changes. Using your...

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What You Don’t Know About BC Cherries and China

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Big numbers of BC cherries are being popped into the mouths of fruit-lovers in China, after travelling along the Pacific Gateway’s transportation routes. Since 2004, the amount of cherries shipped to countries like China has grown an astonishing 193%. This was recently fueled by a 2014 agreement between the Governments of China and Canada, to allow cherry shipping to Mainland China, after a successful 2013 pilot program. (Previously, Chinese regulations allowed only Hong Kong and Taiwan to import BC...

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What the RCMP Wants You to Know About the Slow Down Move Over Law

Slow Down Move Over Enforcement

The BC RCMP recently confirmed the Slow Down Move Over rule is being ignored by many drivers. A series of near misses and collisions with roadside vehicles happened over the last few months. In response, RCMP Traffic Services members performed “Operation Shield” on Highway 1 in Surrey and Chilliwack on June 16, 2015. The results were not good. Police officers issued 20 violation tickets, each coming with a $173 fine and 3 penalty points. If it was safe to...

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6 Types of BC Bridges Identified

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According to the dictionary, a bridge is: “a structure carrying a road, path, railroad or canal across a river, ravine, road, railroad or other obstacle”. That’s a basic and accurate description of a bridge to be sure, but here at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, we think of bridges as something more than just a structure crossing a span. We think of bridges as a special type of infrastructure. Bridges inspire. Bridges open possibilities. Bridges connect. To us,...

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What You Need to Know about the Deep Creek Slide on West Fraser Road

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UPDATE: West Fraser Road will be reopened at Deep Creek Hill beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday (May 8, 2015). The road is reduced to some single lane sections and we’ll continue to monitor slide activity. There will be signage alerting drivers to yield to oncoming traffic (no traffic control on site). If safety becomes a concern again, the alternate route (Garner and Webster Lake roads) will go back into effect with a closure, so please be prepared for that...

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On Earth Day and Everyday – Green Matters to TranBC

Bike to Work Week

Have you ever wondered what the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is doing to support green initiatives across the province? Look no further. In celebration of Earth Day we gathered some of our favourite green projects for you. We don’t think green for just one day out of a year, we work all year long to make sure sensitive ecosystems and wildlife are protected. That includes turtles… and toads… and caribou… and let’s not forget about bears, moose, deer,...

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BC on the Move: 12 Ways You Planned the Future of BC Transportation

10 year BC Transportation Plan

  Last year, from October to December, we asked you to tell us what the transportation priorities should be for BC over the next 10 years. We call it BC on the Move. And you responded. A lot. It was fantastic. This included: 44,000 visits to the website 12,500 surveys completed 100 meetings with 550 representatives of First Nations, local governments, chambers of commerce, ports and airports and various other stakeholders. A very busy Twitter Town Hall 70 meetings...

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6 Paths to Peace and Winter Safety on the Alaska Highway

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Pass only when you are 100% sure it’s safe. This isn’t the best time. If you live or drive in the Peace region, you know that extra care and attention are needed in winter, when driving from Mile 54 (13 kilometres north of Fort St. John) to Mile 83 of the Alaska Highway. This section, considered a part of Highway 97, is a busy Peace Country route. Carrying local folks and truck traffic from the region’s busy oil and...

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