January 24, 2005

Report on Canadian border traffic solutions praised by government and industry groups

Windsor, Ontario – Mark Norman, Chair of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council (CAPC) trade infrastructure committee and President and CEO of DaimlerChrysler Canada, expressed support for the report by Sam Schwartz for the City of Windsor aimed at border traffic solutions at Canada’s busiest border crossings.

“The Schwartz report outlines short to medium range improvements to the Windsor/Detroit border crossings,” said Norman. “The recommendations will allow the Let’s Get Windsor/Essex Moving Strategy to move to Phase II with improvements to major traffic arteries.”

The Schwartz Report would increase route flexibility and optimize existing capacity while increasing needed roadbed. A cooperative resolution with governments at all levels and to work expeditiously towards a plan as proposed by the Schwartz report will be in the best interests of all Windsorites and Canadians, said Norman.

“Canada is one of the top automotive net exporting countries in the world,
exporting 60% more than it buys, and we need to take a continuous improvement
approach to the border in order to sustain and grow that manufacturing leadership,” said Norman.

Transport Minister Jean C. Lapierre also expressed support for the plan. “Transport Canada is anxious to continue negotiations with the Government of Ontario, the City of Windsor and the County of Essex to implement short and medium term projects which will improve local traffic flows and address congestion and security issues at the Windsor-Detroit Gateway,” he said.

The Governments of Canada, Ontario, the United States and Michigan are partnering in a long term Bi National Planning Process that has produced a comprehensive 30-year transportation strategy to help ensure the corridor remains a key gateway between Canada and the United States.

Transport Canada will continue to work with its partners to expedite this process to attain the goal of having a new crossing under construction in 2010.

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