Port Of Prince Rupert Expansion Means More Traffic
The major impact of an expanded terminal in Prince Rupert on the city of Prince George is traffic. The new Prince Rupert Facility will allow the Chinese container ships to off load and the rails will take that product to the Midwestern USA, where it funnels throughout the country.
Will Prince George benefit from the increased traffic? Of course , if this city is ever able to find a way to turn CN`s rail yard into a distribution centre the sky is the limit. Loosely translated that means taking say a container full of TV`s, splitting them up into five containers and then taking the products from other containers and thereby making a load that can be shipped to a specific area, without in many cases the back haul to get the product to its final destination. The benefit, let`s look at say Wal-Mart, instead of shipping all of the products into a central warehouse in Arkansas, break them down in western Canada and ship them locally cutting the transportation costs.
Edmonton, wants in, so do some other cities along the CN`s main route, but nothing stops us from getting our oar in the water.
Terrace will definitely need an over pass in that city to move traffic that is now governed by lights at level grade crossings. The increased traffic will throw that city into a bottle neck .
Of course when it comes to rail traffic, looming in the background, is the prospect that we could see crude oil move to the coast via rail tanker. CN does not require any special study in order to go ahead with an oil railway highway , all of the ducks are already in place.
That decision will come down to one of Enbridge versus CN and what is in the best interest for all. In that scenario Enbridge will win.
So what`s in it for us? The Port of Prince Rupert, and CN rail are the big winners and the companies set to make the most from the venture. We need to start looking for a piece of the action.
I`m Meisner and that’s one man’s opinion.