Prince Rupert Port Authority Opens Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor

L-R: Shaun Stevenson, PRPA President & CEO; Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development; Chief Harold Leighton, Metlakatla First Nation; Sm’ooygit Gitxoon (Hereditary Chief Alex Campbell), Ricardo Alvarez, DP World Prince Rupert General Manager. Photo: Prince Rupert Port Authority.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority on Aug. 24 announced the opening of its Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor, a closed loop system linking transloading and terminal operations within the port.

The road and rail corridor, which was tested earlier this month with container trucks heading to the new southern gate at DP World-Prince Rupert Fairview Container Terminal, is expected to improve cargo flow and public safety and lower the port’s carbon footprint.

The private road, which loops around the southwestern edge of Kaien Island, cuts the distance for trucks traveling from transloading sites in Prince Rupert and future facilities to Fairview Container Terminal. The move helps to reduce emissions by commercial vehicles by up to 75% and truck traffic in the city, the port authority said.

“The Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor is a key example of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s proactive approach to land use planning and is designed to maximize efficiency within the port complex, simultaneously upholding our commitment to reduce the impacts of gateway operations on the environment and surrounding community,” Port Authority President and CEO Shaun Stevenson said.

“With the addition of this infrastructure, we can enable greater efficiencies and competitiveness at the Prince Rupert Gateway and generate new economic opportunities on local, regional, and national levels.”

By Karen Robes Meeks