|2003/04 – 2005/06 SERVICE
Ministry of Transportation
am pleased to present the Ministry of Transportation's 2003/2004-2005/2006
Much has been accomplished during the 2002/03 fiscal year, including
a reorganization of the Ministry of Transportation. Perhaps most
significant, the Transportation Investment Act, which provides
the framework for involving private-sector partners in designing,
building and maintaining infrastructure projects, became law.
Fulfilling a New Era commitment, we are spending an additional
$75 million a year for three years to address the accelerating deterioration
of northern and heartland roads. We have also spent an additional
$20 million on oil and gas resource roads and are spending $52 million
on the Nisga'a Highway.
During my provincial tour last summer, I heard from British Columbians
in every region about their transportation priorities. The new Service
Plan outlines procedures to address those priorities, which include
a safe and reliable highway system, improved key transportation
infrastructure that supports economic growth and trade, and improved
competitiveness for B.C.'s transportation industries.
To support the government's goal of fostering a strong and vibrant
economy, an integrated multi-modal transportation plan will be developed
with input from eight new Regional Transportation Advisory Committees.
Partnerships with the private sector will expand, with five major
projects now under development. We will also continue to take advantage
of federal-provincial cost sharing programs to ensure the most efficient
use of public funds; in the 2002/03 fiscal year those federal provincial
transportation programs produced $170 million for highway and border
crossing improvements. New road and bridge maintenance contracts
designed to save the province $26 million through reduced labour
costs will be tendered by October 2004.
Over all, the Ministry of Transportation is meeting the challenge
to provide leadership and efficient, cost effective service while
meeting our obligation to maintain and protect our vital highway
Honourable Judith Reid
Minister of Transportation