June 3, 2005

Transport Minister signs agreement for Manitoba transportation

Ottawa, Ontario – A contribution has been signed between the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba for intelligent transportation systems in the province, as announced by the office of Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre.

Under the agreement, the Government of Canada will provide funding for the acquisition and installation of eight road weather information system stations along the national highway system in Manitoba. The total cost is expected to be $520,400, with the Government of Canada contributing up to $212,100. The stations help to improve the safety, sustainability, reliability and efficiency of Canadian transportation systems.

The system consists of automated weather reporting stations with special sensors embedded in and below the road, and on nearby towers. They collect detailed data on weather conditions at and near the road surface, which can help weather forecasters and highway maintenance personnel to predict road conditions.

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