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Policy paper addresses regional transportation priorities

A group chaired by UWindsor professor Bill Anderson has issued a policy paper calling on business, government, academic and civic institutions to establish Windsor-Essex as the “Border Ready Region.”

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce released a comprehensive Regional Transportation Paper on Wednesday, developed by a committee headed by Dr. Anderson, Ontario Research Chair in Cross-Border Transportation Policy at the University of Windsor.

It spells out both challenges and opportunities for the Windsor-Essex region, and notes that transportation issues are especially important to its economy, with its freight-dependent industries—including manufacturing and agrifood—and a border location that puts the region at the nexus of road, rail and marine transportation networks.

“In this paper we present the business community’s perspective on critical elements of a regional transportation plan that has to be in place as a necessary condition for further economic success,” Anderson says.

Chamber board chair Ed Miles says the committee’s recommendations deserve consideration.

“The paper provides a clear direction for the road ahead if we want to be even more competitive as a region,” he says.

Read the full document on the chamber’s website.