Nov. 28, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has launched a strategy to use new and advanced technology to make New Brunswick's transportation system safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry has released Being A Leader With ITS: New Brunswick Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Strategic Plan 2008-2018. This is a 10-year plan for the deployment, research, development and marketing of New Brunswick intelligent transportation systems (ITS). The strategy supports the continuation of the National Rural ITS Research Centre at University of New Brunswick
"We want to be facilitating the seamless, safe and secure and environmentally friendly movement of people and goods on our highways and at our borders," said Landry. "We have an opportunity to use our ITS strategy to support the Atlantic gateway initiative to establish an integrated, competitive transportation system for international trade. This is also critically important for our economy and in our self-sufficiency agenda."
ITS technologies - computers, sensors, communications technology and electronic devices, for instance - are designed to be used without the need to increase the capacity of existing networks.
"The strategy responds to the Charter for Change commitment to encourage smarter, safer travel at home and to market our technology abroad," said Landry. "Given the progress New Brunswick has made in a number of areas involving ITS, we are well positioned to be a leader in this area."
The strategy identifies 10 projects that will be initiated over the next five years, including traveller information systems, commercial vehicle operations and facilities management.
This year, the Department of Transportation will be deploying a new road condition information system. It will give information about winter highway conditions, construction and road delays.
The department is also focusing on the adoption of weigh-in motion systems on the main highways.
"Weigh-in motion technology provides benefits to commercial vehicle enforcement staff as well as the commercial vehicle operators," said Landry. "Staff are able to concentrate on non-compliant carriers, and compliant carriers can save time and money by being allowed to bypass the scales."
Landry said the intent of the strategy is to build on previous collaborations with other government departments, academia and transportation stakeholders. He commended the Government of Canada for supporting research and implementation of ITS applications; he called for a continuation of dedicated funding for this purpose.
Landry also called on industry and others to continue to collaborate with New Brunswick on innovative ITS's, including research, development and implementation.
A copy of the strategy may be viewed at www.gnb.ca/transportation.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation 506-453-5634.