U.S.-95 Idaho’s major north/south link with Canada Congressional high-priority corridor Eastport among top 20 U.S./Canada commercial port of entry in dollar volume Experiencing increases in truck traffic to and from Canada Improvements are important to international, interstate and local trade $132 million already invested or programmed
U.S.- 95/Canada Trade Heavy truck traffic at Eastport has increased 47% since 1993 and could increase more as improvements to U.S. 95 are made. For WA, OR and CA destinations, traffic from Alberta travels through Eastport rather than Sweetgrass, MT because it provides a shorter, more efficient route.
U.S.-95/Canada Trade Improvements to U.S. 95 from the Canadian border south to the Junction of Idaho 1 to remove trailer length and off-track restrictions and improve safety are and will provide a shorter, safer route for international and local traffic. Improvements to US-95 will enhance economic efficiency and mobility because international trade can move over a more direct route to markets and avoid more circuitous and costly alternative routings
Eastport Commercial Traffic Primary Canadian Products by truck -Lumber and wood products -Livestock (primarily cattle) -Fertilizer Primary Canadian Products by rail -Petroleum products -Propane -Potash -Lumber
Intermodal Advantages of Eastport/Kingsgate Serves as a rail interchange as well as a truck port of entry Provides Union Pacific Railroad’s only direct interchange with Canadian railroads Currently 80-120 trains per month Lumber from Canada is transported short- haul by truck and loaded on rail for long- haul movement
Scoping Feasibility for the Inland Pacific Hub Economics and Existing Infrastructure Analysis Transportation Strategies and Economic Impacts Emerging Technology Analysis Transportation Funding Sources Environmental Screening & International Issues Individual State & Provincial Plans Transportation Funding Sources Environmental Screening & International Issues Individual State & Provincial Plans Joint Funding for Collaborative Assessments
Salt Lake City Pop. - 1M Calgary Pop. - 2.6M Port of Vancouver Pop. - 2M Idaho Dept. of Commerce, 2005; U.S. Consulate Office Alberta Canada,2006 Inland Pacific Hub Nearly 20 million people live within 16 hours driving time. Bay Area Pop. - 8M Portland Puget Sound Pop - 3.46M Pop - 1.7M
Vancouver Inefficient capacity use, weak systems planning compound the challenge
Potential for Interconnected Transfer Points I-90 Improvements Geiger Spur w/ Trans- Loader Railex Distribution Center Port capable of shipping loads by barge and rail Bridging the Valley increasing rail efficiency International Airport with Federal Trade Zone & Customs North South Connections Union Pacific International crossing 24 Hr. Border Business & General Aviation Airport Huetter Bypass New Trucking & Distribution Centers Sand Creek Byway Bi-State Fiber Ring Capitalizing on Strengths Strategic Use of Funding Regional Opportunities
Idaho/Canada Border Issues Thank you for your attention and thank you to the TBWG for having your meeting in Coeur d’Alene! Questions?