July 7, 2005

Government of Canada and province of B.C. to fund intelligent transportation systems

Vancouver, British Columbia – The Government of Canada and British Columbia Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon yesterday announced an agreement for research and development of intelligent transportation systems in the province.

Under the agreement, the federal and provincial governments will each provide up to $500,000 to establish the Bureau of ITS and Freight Security at the University of British Columbia. The bureau will establish a program to conduct research and disseminate findings.

Intelligent transportation systems comprise a broad range of technologies designed to make transportation safer, more secure, more efficient, more reliable and more environmentally friendly.

Federal funding will be provided under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program, a $600 million program to improve highway infrastructure across Canada. $100 million of the funding is for initiatives that better integrate the country’s transportation system. One of these is the Intelligent Transportation Systems Initiative, which includes applications such as advanced systems for traveller information, traffic management, public transport, commercial vehicle operations, emergency response management and vehicle safety.

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