Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project

May 21, 2015

Project status

The first component of the Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project (DTRRIP) – the causeway overpass – was completed in November 2014.

The new overpass separates road and rail traffic, improving the flow of trucks and trains accessing the terminal, reducing truck and vehicle idling and increasing safety, as well as contributing an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of additional capacity annually at Deltaport.

Construction work to reconfigure the Deltaport Intermodal yard is currently underway and is expected to be complete by 2017.

About the project

Deltaport, at Roberts Bank in Delta, British Columbia, is the largest container terminal in Canada, with a current capacity of 1.8 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit containers). Current road and rail constraints limit the capacity of Deltaport to meet forecast demand for additional container traffic.

As part of the Container Capacity Improvement Program, we have worked with the Province of British Columbia and Deltaport operator Global Container Terminals (GTC) Canada, to develop a plan to upgrade existing infrastructure that would increase Deltaport’s container capacity by 600,000 TEUs, to a total of 2.4 million TEUs.

The Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project is an efficient and cost-effective plan to increase container capacity through improvements to existing port infrastructure. Project improvements will be implemented mostly within the existing terminal, road and rail footprint and will have a low potential for environmental impact. Work will not occur within the marine environment.

The project has four key elements:

  • An overpass on the existing Roberts Bank causeway that will separate road and rail traffic – complete
  • Reconfiguration of rail track and additional container handling equipment within the existing Deltaport Terminal – under construction
  • Additional rail track within the existing railway corridor and a portion of the Option Lands – planning phase
  • Road improvements on Deltaport Way, including a truck staging area adjacent to Highway 17A – detailed design phase