Transport Canada announced an investment of up to $18 million, under the National Trade Corridors Fund, for a project that will strengthen intermodal connectivity in Winnipeg. The project will be undertaken by CentrePort Canada.
“The development of the rail park at CentrePort Canada will reduce congestion and enhance the flow of goods across the country, resulting in significant economic benefits for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and for Manitoba. With support from various supply chain partners, this investment will generate revenue and create good, middle-class jobs for Canadians,” said Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport.
This project aims to build a rail park at CentrePort Canada, located just outside Winnipeg. This funding will go toward:
- a second mainline switch;
- several kilometres of additional track;
- a lift station;
- and connections to access roads.
“This investment in the CentrePort Canada Rail Park development enhances intermodal connectivity in the Winnipeg capital region and helps to fully realize the vision for the largest trimodal inland port in the heart of North America,” said Chris Lorenc, Director
CentrePort Canada Inc. Board of Directors.
The rail park will improve the movement of goods between different modes of transportation, for instance, from rail to truck, or from air to rail. This will reduce truck journeys and transloading, addressing congestion on interprovincial highways and thereby reducing pollution.
“This Government of Canada investment for our 665-acre CentrePort Canada Rail Park in Rosser, Manitoba, within the Winnipeg Metro Region, is a major benefit to the development of the Rail Park. Located adjacent to the Richardson International Airport, central to Canada, the United States, down to Mexico and up to Churchill, and strategic to the provincial, Canadian, and US supply chains, the Rail Park capitalizes on the Canadian Pacific Railway / Kansas City Southern merger. The federal government’s investment will enhance the interconnectivity across North America improving supply chain efficiencies,” said Kenneth W. Mariash Senior, Developer and Owner, Focus Equities Inc.
Featured image: (L to R) Kevin Lamoureux, MP for Winnipeg North; Omar Alghabra , Minister of Transport; and Doyle Piwniuk, Manitoba Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. (Transport Canada)