Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements

The Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvement project will aim to eliminate two rail crossings in Pitt Meadows at Harris Road and Kennedy Road that currently restrict access to first responders and causes local road users, on average:

  • One hour and forty-five minute delay at Kennedy Road
  • Three hours and thirty minute delay on Harris Road.

Our goal is to alleviate the impacts of growing trade on Pitt Meadows and we believe these improvements will benefit the community by improving safety and community access, create more reliable travel times, and provide better emergency response options.

The project includes:

  • A new four-lane underpass crossing the CP main rail line at the location of the existing Harris Road crossing.
  • A new two-lane overpass crossing the CP main rail line at the entrance to CP’s Vancouver Intermodal Terminal. The crossing would replace the current rail crossing at Kennedy Road.
  • CP owns, maintains and operates both mainline tracks through the City of Pitt Meadows. CP also owns and operates both the Vancouver Intermodal Facility and the Vancouver Auto Compound located between Harris Road and Kennedy Road, north of the tracks and south of Lougheed Highway. CP plans to extend an existing track leading into and out of their Vancouver Intermodal Facility as part of the project.

The port authority is now focusing on working with Indigenous groups, municipalities and other stakeholders to undertake technical studies and engagement, advance project design and plan for project construction.  

Photo of Harris Road today

Rendering of underpass at Harris Road, final design still to be determined

Project benefits

The port authority has a positive track record of delivering high-quality projects based on best practices in environmental sustainability, environmental protection, and engagement. Anticipated benefits of this project include:

Improved public safety
Reduces risk of collisions between trains and people walking, cycling and driving.
Reduced congestion
Improves mobility for local residents and more efficient goods movement.
Better emergency response
Allows first responders to get to incidents faster and more easily
Reduced GHG emissions
Elimination of wait times for vehicles at train crossings means reduced emissions and reduced energy requirements.
More reliable commute times
Improves reliability of roads because they will not be blocked by rail traffic.
Increased job opportunities 
Growth in trade means growth in local jobs.
Reduced whistling
Separating the crossings allows for reduced whistling requirements by trains.
Accommodating trade growth
Increasing capacity to move Canadian products to foreign markets, and foreign products to Canadian consumers, safely and more efficiently

The port authority will also work with the local community and Indigenous groups to identify opportunities for:

Public space improvements
Create public space improvements such as inclusion of Indigenous cultural recognition, public art, integration of native species in landscaping plans, etc.
Improved connections for walking and cycling
Enhance walking and cycling facilities associated with the crossings.

Project partner roles

Successfully delivering this project will require strong collaboration with the City of Pitt Meadows, local Indigenous groups, and CP, and we will be working closely with them to ensure the project addresses their particular needs.

This project has three partners:

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
The port authority is providing overall project management and working to ensure best practice in engagement and environmental protection.

Canadian Pacific
CP owns and operates both the Vancouver Intermodal Facility and the Vancouver Auto Compound located between Harris Road and Kennedy Road, north of the tracks and south of Lougheed Highway. CP plans to extend an existing track leading into and out of their Vancouver Intermodal Facility as part of the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvement Project. CP is a publicly traded company that operates under all applicable Canadian regulations. Learn more about CP.

City of Pitt Meadows
The City of Pitt Meadows is working closely with the port authority and CP to ensure the Kennedy Road overpass and Harris Road underpass meets the needs of the community and traffic through construction is managed thoughtfully.

The City is also working closely with the Heritage Society to find a suitable location for the two heritage buildings that need to be relocated.

Timeline

The below timeline shows historical events as well as the project’s anticipated timeline. Dates subject to change.

  • 2017 – Project submitted for funding with the National Trade Corridors Fund
  • 2018 – Early public engagement held in Pitt Meadows on the future of transportation in the city
  • 2018 – Project received funding from the National Trade Corridors Fund to design and build the project
  • August 2019 – Memorandum of understanding signed with the City of Pitt Meadows and CP to guide project design and delivery
  • October 21- November 22, 2019 – First phase of public engagement → (we are here)
  • Spring 2020 – Second phase of public engagement
  • TBC 2020 – Final phase of public engagement
  • 2021 – Construction anticipated to begin
  • 2024 – Anticipated project completion

We acknowledge that while port-related developments may provide local, regional, and national benefits, they may also have potential negative effects on those who live, work or operate in and around port areas.

Our approach to public consultation is based on two-way communication and open dialogue, working together to ensure the community, the environment and the economy are all considered during project planning.

The first phase of public engagement will launch in late-October 2019. This will be the first of a three- phase engagement process to ensure the community of Pitt Meadows is engage in every step of the project and has opportunities to provide feedback to the project team.

Future of Transportation in Pitt Meadows (2018) public engagement and consultation documents
June 2018 – Public open house display boards [PDF]
August 2018 – Engagement Summary Report – Future of Transportation in Pitt Meadows [PDF]

Upcoming public engagement
The next round of public engagement is currently anticipated for October 21-November 22, 2019 and provide both in person and online opportunities for discussion. To be notified of upcoming public engagement opportunities, please sign up for our newsletter.

Funding partners

Funding for this project was provided by Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund

Part of Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030