Originall published at Progressive Railroading.
The Canadian government on Wednesday announced the completion of an expansion project at Ashcroft Terminal in Ashcroft, British Columbia, that's designed to improve the flow of goods by rail.
The terminal is located on CN and Canadian Pacific mainlines that feed into Port Metro Vancouver. The project, which began in February 2013, involved enhancements to the connection to CP's mainline, with additional rail-car storage, transload facilities and support tracks. The improvements will enable the terminal to more efficiently handle industrial, mining and agricultural products, resulting in shipments moving more quickly through the rail corridor, government officials said in a press release.
"The expansion project has allowed Ashcroft Terminal to provide an alternative to truck traffic to help reduce congestion and greenhouse-gas emissions," said Robert Landucci, the terminal's chief executive officer.
Originally published by the Government of Canada
More competitive options for Asia-Pacific Gateway shippers
Ashcroft, British Columbia - The Government of Canada today announced the completion of Ashcroft Terminal’s Expansion project, which will improve the flow of goods by rail, and give local industry a competitive edge in international trade.
The newly completed terminal expansion project — announced today by Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack—Fraser Canyon, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport — added a 1,500-metre enhanced connection to the mainline with additional railcar storage, transload facilities and support tracks. These improvements will help the terminal to more efficiently handle manufacturing, industrial and mining materials, and agricultural products. They will also allow shipments to move more quickly through the rail corridor.
Originally published in BC Business.
As developers face new demands from global logistics firms and run up against finite resources, it’s time to move beyond old debates about warehouses versus crops and find innovative ways to accommodate industry on scarce land.
There were high-fives all around last December when Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone presided over the long-awaited opening of the South Fraser Perimeter Road. After five years of construction, a key piece of the puzzle was finally in place, transforming the Lower Mainland into a transportation hub that would link our ports and rail yards with manufacturers, exporters and consumers the world over.
There’s just one problem, though. As we build our transportation infrastructure, we also need land—and lots of it—to manufacture, store and sort all those materials and goods that are moving through our province. And land is at a distinct premium in the Lower Mainland.
Industry was long ago squeezed out of prime urban waterfront real estate by commercial and residential development: the sawmills that once lined the shores of False Creek and Coal Harbour have been replaced by forests of condos and offices. Forced to the urban periphery, industrial developers are now feeling the squeeze as they run up against agricultural land, much of it preserved by legislation.
Originally Published in the Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal
Ashcroft Terminal began a new stage over the weekend as new switches were installed to divert rail cars onto sidings on the industrial property.
“It means we can quintuple our capacity,” said owner Bob Landucci on Oct. 12 as he watched heavy equipment remove a section of CP rails to make way for the premade section of rail containing the switch,, worth about $600,000. “We’ve been waiting for this for seven years.”
Until now, CP has had to park its cars on the main rail as they were being loaded or unloaded, which lead to cars sitting on the track in Ashcroft, sometimes for long periods of time.
Metro Vancouver directors are calling on the port authority to agree not to turn scarce farmland into more shipping terminals.
The port is redrawing its land use plan and has proposed to designate six special study areas – four in Richmond, one in Pitt Meadows and one in Vancouver – that could be considered for future port-related use.
Metro's regional planning and agriculture committee voted Tuesday to object to any potential future use of agricultural land by for port purposes.