plan to help speed trade between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario
is a proposal to convert a rail tunnel beneath the Detroit River
into a roadway for international truck traffic near the Ambassador
Bridge. The project reportedly would cost about $400 million and
would be paid in part by tolls.
River Tunnel Partnership, a joint venture between Canadian Pacific
Railway and Borealis Transportation Infrastructure Trust, said
it plans to convert a 100-year-old cargo train tunnel it owns
in southwest Detroit into a two-way truck corridor. The proposal
also includes a new underwater tunnel for rail traffic to be built
nearby. The truck tunnel reportedly could open in five years,
pending government approval on both sides of the border.
was announced by Borealis Transportation Infrastructure Trust,
which bought a 50-percent share of the tunnel with Canadian National
Railway in spring 2001. In March 2001, Borealis also purchased
land around the tunnel openings.
trucks reportedly cross the Ambassador Bridge connecting the two
cities daily. Commercial traffic at Michigan's three commercial
truck crossings doubled to 5.3 million trucks per year from 1990
to 2000, and is expected to triple by 2020.