The Canadian government is giving Port Metro Vancouver CAN $3 million ($2.76 million) to implement a common data interface project at its four terminals to reduce trucker wait time.
The port will contribute half of the CAN $6 million total cost of the project, with the government funding being paid over two years.
With a goal of creating multi-shift operations, the program will collect data on the business of gates and terminals. Officials will also create a reservation system for truckers and collect location data to measure operational performance.
“This federal funding demonstrates this government’s ongoing commitment to maintain long-term stability at Port Metro Vancouver,” Lisa Raitt, Canada’s minister of transport, said in a statement. “This project, and all the measures we’ve taken under the Joint Action Plan, is helping to ensure the reliability of Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and the economic well-being of Canada as a whole.”
In another recently announced bid to reduce truck congestion, Port Metro Vancouver will add night operations five days per week, starting July 1. These night gates will be in operation from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., with day gates opening at 8 a.m. Officials have said the new hours will create more than 377 jobs and create new opportunities for cargo growth at the port.