Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements

Through a collaborative planning process that involved the port authority, TransLink, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, and Transport Canada, two rail crossings in Pitt Meadows were identified as priorities to be upgraded. In 2018, the port authority received funding from Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund to complete design and construction of the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements, including the coordination of a CP led rail project.

The improvements include:

  • 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.
  • A new rail siding track (approximately 16,000 feet), including a new rail bridge over Katzie Slough, to support the Vancouver Intermodal Terminal (Led by CP).

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 Canadian Pacific Railway, and we will be working closely with them to ensure the project addresses their particular needs.

This project has two delivery 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 Railway
CP owns and operates the Vancouver Intermodel Terminal at Kennedy Road. As the land owner, they will undertake redevelopment of their yard and construction of the new rail track and new rail bridge. CP is a public company that operates under all applicable Canadian and U.S. regulatory guidelines and standards. Learn more about CP Rail

Timeline

 

 

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.

Round 1 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]

Round 2 public engagement and consultation
The next round of public engagement is currently anticipated for late 2019. 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