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
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:
The port authority will also work with the local community and Indigenous groups to identify opportunities for:
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
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.
May 2019 – Project fact sheet [PDF]
May 31, 2019 – News Release – Project to separate Pitt Meadows roadways from rail crossings closer to becoming a reality
June 22, 2018 – News Release – Vancouver to benefit from more than $200 million in federal funding for infrastructure projects
Funding for this project was provided by Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund
Part of Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030