|2002/03 Annual Service
Ministry of Transportation
made a good start. In the fiscal year 2002/03 our government approved
a three-year Transportation Investment Plan that anticipates a total
investment of $5.5 billion in future transportation infrastructure.
A modern, safe, reliable and integrated transportation system will
be the foundation for economic growth in all regions of our province.
The investments outlined in the plan will improve public safety,
stimulate economic activity and enhance the movement of people and
goods throughout the province and across our trade borders.
We are investing in upgrading our highways and bridges, spending
$609 million over the next three years to rehabilitate roads
in our heartlands, working to ease urban congestion, expanding our
ports and airports, improving the movement of goods to keep our
province's industries competitive, renewing our ferry system and
improving public transit. These investments in transportation will
create jobs, invigorate local communities and lay a solid foundation
for future prosperity.
We will finance our plans with government funds, creative partnerships
with other governments and the private sector, the recent increase
in fuel tax and tolls when justified. All new money from these sources
will be dedicated to improving and expanding transportation infrastructure
in the North, the Interior, coastal communities, urban centres and
at our border crossings. The process will be transparent and accountable
and the government will report to the public on its activities.
The ministry established eight Regional Transportation Advisory
Committees during the year 2002/03 to allow regions the opportunity
to recommend their priorities for inclusion into the overall provincial
Another highlight of the year was the Ministry's endorsement of
new 10-year agreements between road and bridge maintenance contractors
and their unions, that will reduce labour costs by 16 per cent and
save the province $26 million annually, while continuing to protect
Organizationally, the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles
was transferred to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General;
and the Motor Carrier Branch, the administrative arm of the Motor
Carrier Commission, was transferred from ICBC to the Ministry of
Transportation. On April 1, 2003, the provincial weigh scales program
also moved from ICBC to the Ministry of Transportation because weigh-scale
operation is consistent with the mandate and service plan of this
Honourable Judith Reid
Minister of Transportation