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The importance of transportation to the overall prosperity of a society has long been recognized. At the same time, it often suffers from "obvious obscurity" – there is a tendency to take for granted the critical role and importance of this sector. In 2003, the Alberta Economic Development Authority (AEDA) commissioned PROLOG Canada and the Van Horne Institute to conduct a study that examined the transportation system in Alberta , with particular emphasis on the goods movement sector. The twofold objective of that study was to (1) Demonstrate the importance of the transportation and logistics sector to the Alberta economy; and (2) Analyze future Alberta trends as a basis for determining what actions are required from government and industry with respect to infrastructure, carrier services and prevailing regulation. The report included a number of transportation-related action items to be acted upon by government and industry in support of a growing Alberta value-added economy over the ensuing decade.
PROLOG Canada and the Van Horne Institute completed the original report, entitled, The Transportation Sector in Alberta: Present Position and Future Outlook. In 2004 and in 2005, they updated the key statistics and re-examined the action items in terms of developments and stakeholder responses that have occurred since the original 2004 report was completed.
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