Secretary LaHood speaks out for the DRIC

Comments by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood at a meeting of the Canadian American Business Council. June 10, 2010

“Looking ahead, we clearly recognize the need for a new Detroit River International Crossing.  This is, quite simply, one of the largest transportation trade corridors between the U.S. and Canada.

The current Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel carried over 120 billion dollars’ worth of trade between our nations in 2008 ­ over half of that in the form of U.S. exports to Canada.

In our view, upgrading this infrastructure, and expanding our capacity, is vital to our national goals for increasing exports and creating jobs.

And again, it speaks to the need for modern transportation infrastructure that maximizes mobility for cargo and people.

As we all know, this issue is before the Michigan Legislature, and we’ll need to wait to what see what they decide.  But I assure you we’ll continue to work on this, and review our options with Canada.

In any case, the key to our success in Detroit, in Windsor, and elsewhere, is cooperation ­ our ability to work together effectively across all forms of transportation.”