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Information on British Columbia working with other governments, ports, airports, rail lines, commercial haulers and other public and private stakeholders to move goods and the economy.

Customer Satisfaction Survey 2014

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We are looking for feedback on the services the ministry provides around the province. Whether it is our person-to-person or electronic customer service or the quality of service we provide to keep our provincial highway system safe and reliable, we want to hear from you. REDIRECTING … We are forwarding you to the Customer Satisfaction Survey Site. If you do not get forwarded automatically, click here.

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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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8 Tips to Keep You Safe at Rail Crossings

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  April 28 to May 4 marks Rail Safety Week in Canada, and we’re using that opportunity to remind you: “See tracks? Think train!” Based on the decline in rail-related accidents in recent years, it’s a message that people are hearing. But messages about saving lives are always worth repeating to make sure they’re top-of-mind and we don’t become complacent. It all comes down to this: if you need to cross a rail line, approach it expecting to see a train and only cross when it’s safe. With that thought in mind, let’s look at some related tips our friends at Operation Lifesaver  put together to keep you safe at rail crossings: Never drive around lowered gates – it’s illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the 1-800 number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local emergency number. Never race a train...

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Commercial Haulers: We Have a New Tool for You – Tell Us What You Think.

Commercial Haulers: We Have a New Tool for You – Tell Us What You Think.

Are you a commercial driver hauling freight in British Columbia? If so, we’ve got some great news for you. DriveBC has a new tool to make your life easier – the Commercial Vehicle Route Planner. If you’ve ever used Google Maps before, it’s the same kind of idea. You enter your starting point and your destination, and the planner shows you how to get there. So what’s the difference? Well, in addition to where you are and where you’re going, the Commercial Vehicle Route Planner allows you to provide two more pieces of crucial information: the height and width of your vehicle/load. Once you’ve done that, just click the “Find Route” button, and the route planner will show you the shortest path to your destination AND the height/width of any infrastructure that might be a problem along the way. That said, oversized and overweight loads will require additional approvals/permits,...

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What Does The South Fraser Perimeter Road Opening Mean to You?

What Does The South Fraser Perimeter Road Opening Mean to You?

It has been a while in the making, but the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) is now open. What does that mean to you? Well, the new route will mean different things for different drivers. New Highways Mean New Numbers Prior to the opening of the new route, Highway 17 began at the BC Ferry Terminal in Tsawassen and continued to the Highway 99 Interchange in Delta. The SFPR will now officially become Highway 17, and the old stretch of highway running through Delta to Highway 99 will now be called Highway 17A.  You can see the general alignment changes in the picture on the right, but we’ve also got a handy pdf to download with more maps and details of the changes. If you are a motorist: You have two choices to get to and from the George Massey Tunnel and beyond – the SFPR (which will now...

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Bridging the Week: Malahat, Ports and Your Feedback

Bridging the Week: Malahat, Ports and Your Feedback

How was your week? Ours was busy. Lots of information to share with you this week including: updates on the Malahat, Northern Region road improvement projects, Coastal Ferries and George Massey Tunnel Consultation Summaries, announcements  in the Port of Prince Rupert and let’s not forget daylight savings. Malahat Safety Upgrades on the Final Stretch The final portion of work that will complete the government of B.C.’s commitment for new median barrier and other safety improvements on the Malahat is now underway. A recent contract award includes installation of concrete median barriers at four locations totalling 2.6 kilometres, bringing the total of new median barrier installed to 5.4 kilometres. The contract also includes upgrades to three intersections, improved lighting, signage and road markings. Work is expected to be completed in late June. During construction, motorists are advised to check DriveBC for potential delays. When possible, barrier placement will occur at...

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: What the Heck Do We Do, Anyway?

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With a broad name like Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there are bound to be questions. Like small-talk at a cocktail party, those 13 syllables beg the question: “So, what do you do?” Some of the work we do is probably pretty obvious, but some of it may surprise you. To help clarify our raison d’être, we thought we’d compile some of the ways we serve you. Our Way is the Highway When thinking about the ministry, the first thing that pops into your head is likely B.C. highways. That’s because about 80 per cent of what we do involves building, rehabilitating and maintaining provincial highways to keep you moving safely and goods flowing smoothly. With B.C.’s diverse and wild landscapes, looking after highways includes protecting drivers and wildlife as well as reducing the impact of natural forces. Some past and present major transportation projects and strategies we have...

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Bridging the Week: BC Highway 1 and Beyond

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What’s new in B.C. transportation news? Quite a bit, actually! Even though it’s still winter across most of the province, we are busy getting ready for spring: consulting, planning and working on some pretty exciting new projects. We are moving ahead with plans to widen the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border. We also announced resurfacing projects on Highway 97A, 97B, 6 and 1. That means that chances are something exciting could be happening on a highway near you very soon. BC Highway 1 Improvements on the Roster The Trans-Canada Highway is the primary east-west route through British Columbia, linking the province to the rest of Canada. We are committed to improving safety and reliability of this main artery as it’s a key player in the movement of people and goods, supporting trade and tourism throughout B.C. We are hoping you can help us shape the future of...

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TranBC’s Aviation Angle

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You might think of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure as being all about highways.  But did you know we have an aviation angle? You see, making all of B.C.’s transportation industries more globally competitive is one of our ministry’s goals.  While the aviation industry is federally regulated, air transport plays a big role in B.C.’s economy, business opportunities and the everyday lives of British Columbians. That’s why the ministry is partnering with a large crew, including the federal government, airport operators, passenger and cargo airlines, and others in the aviation sectors, to enhance aviation in B.C. It’s big stakes because air transport operations are a major contributor to the economy on their own and they influence the fortunes of the businesses and industries that depend on them.  Here are some examples of aviation’s impact in B.C. In B.C., there are more than 300 airports, heliports and water aerodromes...

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Bridging the Week: How did transportation improvements affect your life this year?

Here, there and everywhere. No matter where you looked this year, the tell tale signs of change and construction were visible. Digging, flagging, paving, building, expanding and consulting were all on the agenda for transportation this year. And to top it off, we just released our new aviation strategy, helping guide our continued growth into the New Year and even further down the runway. If this week was supposed to bring the end of world, it sure didn’t show around here! Let’s look at some of the ways we are worked to move you in 2012. If you live in the Southern Interior area of the province, you might have noticed: The start of Phase 2 on the Cariboo Connector Project, in order to widen a section of Highway 97 to four lanes between Prince George and Cache Creek; the new highway between Winfield and Oyama has surpassed the...

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