Chamber applauds TransLink for keeping New West trucking routes open

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July 29, 2014
The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce supports TransLink’s rejection of New Westminster’s proposal to remove trucks from major regional routes. New Westminster made a request to eliminate truck traffic on Royal and East Eighth Avenues and on East Columbia from Brunette to Braid. The Chamber has been concerned about goods movement through corridors in New Westminster and the lack of a comprehensive goods movement plan along the North Shore of the Fraser River.
 
“This is just another chapter in the New Westminster traffic saga. We want to see a holistic goods movement plan that allows our local business access to the rest of the region through the New Westminster truck corridor. Translink’s demand for alternative routes is very reasonable and essential to ensuring the prosperity of regional business.” – Michael Hind, Executive Director, Tri-Cities Chamber
 
New Westminster has opposed many infrastructure projects that could increase goods movement through the region, citing the decline of livability in the city. Most recently, New Westminster and Coquitlam took a dispute over the bailey bridge connecting Braid Street and United Boulevard to arbitration. Coquitlam won the arbitration, requiring a two-lane bridge to connect United and Braid.
 
 
The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is a proactive network of business-minded individuals that are committed to acting as an accessible, visible, supportive and reciprocal resource to our members and the Tri-Cities at large, communicating their collective voice to help shape a prosperous business community.
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For further information, please contact:
 
Michael Hind, Executive Director
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
T: 604.464.2716
michaelh@tricitieschamber.com

Aaron Robinson, Public Policy Advisor
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
T: 604.464.2716
aaron@tricitieschamber.com

Laura Melvin, Communications & Marketing Manager
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
T: 604.464.2716
laura@tricitieschamber.com