Canadian Pacific | Commissioner Street Rail Expansion

November 17, 2021

Project status
Permit issued

On May 13, 2022, a project permit was issued to Canadian Pacific (CP) to expand their existing rail infrastructure within the Commissioner Street transportation corridor  between the Commissioner Street overpass (McGill Street) and Victoria Drive, in Vancouver, B.C. A portion of the project is on federal lands managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The project was approved subject to 40 permit conditions CP must meet to ensure the project does not result in significant adverse environmental effects.

Works will commence following the Commissioner Street road realignment work being completed by the port authority. The construction scheduled to begin in late September and conclude in October 2023, and is anticipated to include 4 months of grading, drainage and structural work, followed by 3 months of track construction and crossing modifications. Works may be required to take place outside of regular construction hours.

For more information, please visit CP’s project website or contact the project by email or by phone at 1.800.766.7912.

About the project

As part of the Burrard Inlet Road and Rail Improvement Program, CP Rail is proposing to expand their existing rail infrastructure within the Commissioner Street transportation corridor by adding an additional two tracks to the north of the existing rail yard between the Commissioner Street overpass (McGill Street) in the east and Victoria Drive in the west. Approximately 40 per cent of this project is within the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority jurisdiction, the balance of the work is understood to be within the CP Rail right of way and a small portion under the jurisdiction of the City of Vancouver.

The additional tracks are intended to provide increased storage capacity and improve operations for existing Port of Vancouver rail customers on the south shore of Burrard Inlet. The installation of the tracks will require grading, excavation, removal of contaminated soils, and the placing of structural fill and standard track materials. Project works also include the adjustment of the existing rail spur that serves Columbia Containers and upgrades to the road level crossing and warning system, installation of a utility protection slab on Commissioner Street, realignment of tracks below the Commissioner Street overpass, paving, construction of a retaining wall at New Brighton Road, construction of associated track derails, turnouts and crossovers throughout the rail yard and works to signals, warning systems and utilities.

This project received funding in 2019 from the Government of Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund.

Project activities and components include:

  • Excavation of approximately 5,110 metres cubed of soil, including approximately 2,920 metres cubed of contaminated soil; excavation depths required vary from depths of 0.4 metres to 1.2 metres;
  • Installation of two new yard tracks “L30” and “L31”, approximately 2,400 metres and 1,300 metres in length, respectively, including placement and grading of structural fill and standard track materials;
  • Adjustment of the existing Columbia Containers Limited (CCL) lead track to connect to the proposed L31 track, including upgrades to the level crossing at Commissioner Street;
  • Installation of a utility protection slab over the Metro Vancouver sewer on Commissioner Street, including installation of approximately 42 piles to a maximum depth of 6 metres below finished grade;
  • Paving and roadway reinstatement at Commissioner Street;
  • Construction of a retaining wall along New Brighton Road, including installation of approximately 42 piles to a maximum depth of 6 metres below finished grade to accommodate the realignment of tracks below the Commissioner Street overpass to maintain 5 tracks through the corridor;
  • Installation of turnouts and crossovers connecting the various yard tracks with the CP mainline and private customer trackage;
  • Installation of track derails, including sliding derails;
  • Installation of signals and warning system work; and,
  • Utility works, including protection, upgrading and relocation, as required, of existing buried utilities and infrastructure in conflict with the proposed new track alignment.

Resources

August 2022  – Construction notification: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
May 2022  – Approved Project Permit [PER No. 21-042] and Project and Environmental Review Report: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
February 2022  – Public Engagement Summary and Consideration Report: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
October 2021  – Noise Assessment Screening Worksheet: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
October 2021  – Site Plan: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
September 2021  – Construction Environmental Management Plan: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
September 2021  – Environmental Noise and Vibration Assessment: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
September 2021  – Geotechnical Assessment Report: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
September 2021  – Project Description and Summary: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
September 2021  – Refined Soil Characterization: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
August 2021  – Drawings 90%: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
August 2021  – Integrated Contingency Pan – Emergency Preparedness and Response: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
August 2021  – Preliminary Drainage Assessment: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
August 2021  – Rail Operations Plan: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
September 2020  – Environmental Constraints Assessment: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [PDF]
June 2020  – Archaeological Overview Assessment: CP Commissioner Rail Expansion [Confidential: received and filed]

Contact information
For more information, please visit CP’s project website or contact the project by email or by phone at 1.800.766.7912.

For questions regarding the Project and Environmental Review of the proposed project, or to get in touch with our team, please contact us by email or phone at 604.665.9047.

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