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Raitt Highlights Need for Transportation Industry Innovation and Adaptability

(Transport Canada)

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today addressed participants at the Canadian Transportation Research Forum’s 50th annual conference about the importance of preparing for future challenges and ensuring that the industry and government can adapt to a changing transportation sector.

The Minister discussed the importance of addressing future challenges through research and development and highlighted Transport Canada’s ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles Program and also support for ACTIVE-AURORA, which is Canada’s first connected vehicles test bed. The Minister also outlined projects and initiatives that support Canada’s transportation systems, including the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, and the New Building Canada Plan.

Minister Raitt discussed Transport Canada’s close collaboration with industry and its work with the United States on major files like the next generation of stronger, safer rail tank cars, and the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

The Minister also outlined actions taken by the government following the tragic accident in Lac-Mégantic in July 2013 and reiterated its commitment to continue to improve the safe and secure movement of goods, help increase trade, and create jobs. Click here to read more.