PACE Activities and Accomplishments
Other than the PACE and NEXUS lanes, U.S. Visit and Immigration programs (outlined separately) PACE activities have also been in support of multiple transportation related projects – some of which are outlined hereunder:
British Columbia’s Provincial Intelligent Transportation System ( ITS) Vision and Strategic Plan, completed in 2001, presented a blueprint for the deployment of multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional ITS throughout the Province. The Plan provides a unique and innovative approach for defining ITS initiatives to safely and efficiently move goods, people and information. The deployment of ITS technologies - in the form of communication systems, computers, electronics, and information technology - will help solve provincial, regional and local transportation issues. These technologies include systems to monitor and manage traffic flow, detect and clear accidents, provide travelers with information on traffic congestion, accidents, and transit, move commercial goods more effectively, and make the collection of payment for transportation services more efficient. For more detailed information, please refer to website: www.itsbc.ca
The Plan was made possible through the active participation of the member agencies of the ITS Corporation Board of which the Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council (PACE) is a member. PACE applied for and received Canadian federal funding of $245,000.00 from Western Economic Diversification Canada which was contributed to this project and we acknowledge and are grateful for WD financial support.
Pacific Border Crossing - Commercial Vehicle Operations: This bi-national project utilizes ITS communication and information technology to integrate Canadian and U.S. commercial vehicle inspection and export data systems so as to implement improvements and efficiency in cross-border traffic movements. Additionally, it will help reduce congestion and delay at the 3rd busiest Canada / U.S. international border crossing. Delays alone are attributed to an estimated $60 million annual lost productivity and additional cost factors. The project included a weigh-in-motion scale with coordinated access to the U.S. counterpart system and a southbound truck staging area at the Pacific Highway border crossing to coordinate and facilitate more efficient access to the U.S. This project is under the administration of the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and involved multiple funding partners of which the Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council (PACE) is one, having contributed $1,095,000 in Canadian federal funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada whose continued support is acknowledged and appreciated.
British Columbia Highway 99 and 15 – Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS):Construction of this project has been completed and the system has been deployed for Vancouver and the Lower Mainland’s two main border crossings at Douglas (Peach Arch) Blaine and Pacific Highway. This system provides leading edge technology with dynamic message signs and software connections to internet websites so as to communicate southbound delays, conditions and travel times at each crossing for trip planning and route diversion. It will also communicate to truck and automobile traffic the status of, or lanes for, expedited border crossing operations such as the ITS truck lanes (FAST C-TPAT operations ) and NEXUS automobile operations. Live cameras on the system permit visual inspection of prevailing traffic conditions and as such are useful to border officials, commercial operations as well as the traveling business and public entities. ATIS will be especially useful during construction of highway and border improvements so as to direct and assist traffic movements. PACE and the transportation industry would like to acknowledge Western Economic Diversification Canada for its $395,000.00 investment in this bi-national project. It is anticipated that this prototype technology will be a model for other jurisdictions to follow and/or be guided by. Refer to PACE Links Page to connect to and view referenced live camera action.
Regional ATIS ( Advanced Traveler Information Systems ): This project is currently in progress and conceptually will encompass the border ATIS and expand and integrate it with other IT systems within the region so as to provide the user with a “one-stop” transportation portal that will supply multi-modal, multi-jurisdiction, static and real-time traveler information for the Greater Vancouver area via various methods of dissemination. It will allow the user to see current incident and congestion information in a graphical form and further, allow the use of toggle switches to include the road, rail, marine and air travel networks at the same time. Travelers will also have the ability to view the locations of all traffic and border cameras situated on the map of their choosing. PACE has secured $155,000.00 in funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada to contribute towards the cost of portal design and plans for concept of operations.
PACE is a member participant in the International Mobility & Trade Corridor (IMTC) Project which is a U.S. – Canada coalition of government and business entities that jointly identifies and promotes improvements to mobility and security for the four border crossings between Whatcom County, Washington State and the Lower Mainland of the Province of British Columbia. This group is led by the Whatcom Council of Governments and the IMTC projects are identified within the website : www.wcog.org