Pacific Gateway

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.

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...

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New Port Mann Bridge Open for Business

New Port Mann Bridge Open for Business

We made it. The New Port Mann Bridge – the widest bridge in the world, as well as the second largest and longest cable-supported bridge in North America, is now open. This monumental achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment of countless people for which we are grateful. Thank you. We would also like to thank the travelling public for their continued patience as the project unfolded. We asked you to hang in there...

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Moving Fruit from the Tree to You with DriveBC

To deliver a service effectively, you have to know who you’re serving. That’s why, over the last few months, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s web team collected your feedback through surveys, web analytics and interviews. During our in-person and virtual travels, we learned a lot about how local businesses use the ministry’s online traveller information system. For the Okanagan’s BC Tree Fruits, for example, DriveBC plays an integral part in getting juicy peaches, scrumptious cherries, bursting blueberries and...

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The Trans-Canada: Transportation and Economy

Try and imagine Canada as it was before the development of a modern transportation system. The roads that did exist were rough, many communities were isolated from each other and trying to cross the country, or even a single province, was a major undertaking that could last for months. If you wanted to travel any great distance, your best bet was probably the Canadian Pacific Railway – the country’s only transcontinental link at the time. Fast forward a few...

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Bridging the Week: Setting World Records

A quick look at transportation news in BC this week reveals a special event in our province’s history. That’s right, this is a week that went down in the books, the Guinness Book of World Records that is. There were other milestone achievements of course, some of which included tolling announcements for the new Port Mann Bridge (first week free!), safety improvements on Highway 5 and an electrifying announcement from the Ministry of Environment. So, get charged up and...

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What is B.C.’s Pacific Gateway and What Does it Mean to You?

Pacific Gateway Program

What’s the first thing that springs to your mind when you hear the phrase, “British Columbia is Canada’s pacific gateway“? Do you see British Columbia as a hub of transportation activity, with a network of boats, trains, planes and automobiles all working together seamlessly to transport people and goods across B.C., Canada, and the U.S.? We do. And since 2005 we’ve been working with other governments, ports, airports, rail lines, commercial haulers and other public and private stakeholders to...

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The Whistle Stops at the 41B Overpass

The Whistle Stops at the 41B Overpass

Do you hear that lonesome whistle blowing? If you live in the community of Delta, you might not, thanks to the opening of the 41B Street Overpass on the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor. Construction has recently finished on this project, the first of nine scheduled to be completed along the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC) in the communities of Delta, Surrey, the Township of Langley and the City of Langley. Whistle cessation is only one of many benefits the...

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It’s National Public-Rail Safety Week

Railway Signage

Look, Listen and Be Safe Everyday trains operate on 6,692 km of railway tracks across British Columbia. These trains are an important part of our transportation network, not only transporting people and goods, but moving necessary supplies to communities all over the province. From May 2 to 8, get on track for National Public-Rail Safety Week. As busy as the train networks are, tracks often seem deserted which is pretty deceiving. Don’t forget the dangers of crossing the railway...

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