Pembina-Emerson Port of Entry Transportation Study Proceeding According to Plan

Aug 2, 2012 | Government News

Stakeholder Briefing and Consultation Held August 1, 2012 in Emerson, Manitoba

Background

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT) and the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) are jointly undertaking a long-range planning study of the Pembina-Emerson Port of Entry (POE) with the financial participation of Transport Canada (TC). The Pembina-Emerson POE Transportation study also includes the participation of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the General Services Administration (GSA) on the project steering committee (PSC).

The Pembina-Emerson Port of Entry (POE) is the 5th largest land port between Canada and the United States in terms of trade value and is the largest POE in terms of trade value between Canada and the United States west of Detroit-Windsor.  Total two-way truck-based trade has been between $13 and $17 B for the past 5 year period. Bi-directional annual traffic has exceeded 1 million vehicles in 4 of the past 5 years.

The study goal is to prepare a concept plan that will guide development of future port and transportation infrastructure as well as provide a land use framework for facilitating future private investment within the study area. Study objectives related to the development of a conceptual plan for the POE are based upon safety, security, transportation, land use, and port facility development considerations in order to promote maximum port efficiency (throughput) and reliability (minimize closures). The planning horizon year for the study is 2035. The study area encompasses a 2 mile wide transportation and land use corridor between Exit 215 on Interstate 29 at Pembina, N.D. (2.25 miles south of the border) to the PTH 75 / PR 243 intersection north of Emerson, Manitoba (1 mile north of the border).

The consulting firm of Gannett Fleming (Harrisburg, PA) has been retained to assist the PSC prepare a concept plan for the POE and identify any land use implications related to port development within the study area. Stakeholder agencies were contacted in Phase 1 of the study by the consultant (December 2011-January 2012: background information gathering and issue identification). However, as the study progressed, some additional stakeholders have been added since that time. The project is currently in Phase 2 (alternative development). The PSC is facilitating stakeholder consultations during Phase 2 and will provide this input to the project consultants.

David Lettner, Project Manager: Pembina-Emerson POE Transportation Study, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation addressed the key stakeholders at a special meeting held on August 1 in Emerson, Manitoba.   He pointed out that the Pembina-Emerson Port of Entry (POE) is the 5th largest land port between Canada and the United States in terms of trade value and is the largest POE in terms of trade value between Canada and the United States west of Detroit-Windsor.  Total two-way truck-based trade has been between $13 and $17 B for the past 5 year period. Bi-directional annual traffic has exceeded 1 million vehicles in 4 of the past 5 years.

For more information contact David at 204.945.5270 or Email

Stakeholders in the Process

International

North America’s Corridor Coalition Inc. (NASCO)

Railways

Canadian National Railway

Canadian Pacific Railway

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

Canadian Agency List

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Public Works and Government Services Canada

Canada Food Inspection Agency

Manitoba Stakeholder List

Travel Manitoba

Town of Emerson

Canadian Duty Free Shop

Manitoba Customs Brokers

Manitoba Trucking Association

Manitoba Chamber of Commerce

CentrePort Canada Incorporated

Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism

Roseau River Anishinabe FN

United States Agency List

Federal Highway Administration

Minnesota Department of Transportation

US Army Corps of Engineers

USDA: Animal Plant Health Inspection Service

US Border Patrol

North Dakota Stakeholder List

City of Pembina

Pembina County

US Duty Free Shop

North Dakota Highway Patrol

North Dakota Motor Carriers Association

North Dakota Department of Commerce / Tourism Division

North Dakota State University (Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute)

North Dakota State Historical Society

Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization

Border Services Inc.

Duty Free Americas

A N Deringer INC

Cole International USA, INC.
GHY USA, INC.
International Trade Solutions, INC.
Livingston International, INC.
Norman G Jensen INC
Radix Group International, INC.
DBA DHL Global Forwarding

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