Canadian Pacific Railway | Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4

March 25, 2022

Project status
Permit issued

On August 22, 2022, a project permit was issued to Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) to develop extend their existing rail track leading to the Cascadia Terminal located along the south shore of Burrard Inlet west of Berry Point in Burnaby, British Columbia on on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The project was approved subject to 44 number permit conditions applicant must meet to ensure the project does not result in significant adverse environmental effects.

About the project

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) will extend their existing rail track leading to the Cascadia Terminal, Vancouver. The extended service track will run along the south shore of Burrard Inlet between Second Narrows and Berry Point in Burnaby. The project will increase the length of the existing third track by approximately 1,500 meters and allow for assembly of 2,600 meter trains clear of the mainline track, reducing delays for other trains serving freight and passengers in Vancouver.

To extend the track, CP will widen the existing rail bed by placing clean, engineered fill material in the riparian area and marine environment. The extension of the rail track is to be situated within the CP right-of-way. The works extending beyond the right-of-way and into port authority jurisdiction include the reconfiguration of existing tracks associated with the Chevron Parkland Refinery, the widening of sections of the embankment, the construction of a riprap toe, the extension of existing culverts through the embankment, and the construction of fish habitat offsetting features to the east of Berry Point.

Both marine and land based access for construction is planned. Marine access is anticipated to involve the use of two barges. To accommodate activities that may be conducted at appropriate tides in sufficiently dry working conditions, certain works may be conducted outside the port authority’s standard work hours of Monday to Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Construction is anticipated to begin in October 2022 and complete by April 2024.

Resources

August 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: PER Application
March 2022: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Construction Environmental Management Plan
August 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Table of Concordance
August 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Communication Plan
August 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Geotechnical Report
August 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Hydraulic Process and Alteration Report
August 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Marine Construction and Staging Plan
August 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Navigation Impact Assessment
August 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Noise Assessment
August 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Species at Risk and Invasive Species Assessments with Vegetation Overview Plan: Pacific Water Shrew Critical Habitat and Raptor Nest Survey
August 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Species at Risk and Invasive Species Assessments with Vegetation Overview Plan
March 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Drawings 30% Design Review
August 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Culverts
August 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Site Plan
March 2022: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Marine Habitat Offsetting Plan
March 2022: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Aquatics Effects Assessment
August 2021: Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4: Archaeological Impact Assessment [received and under review]

Contact information
For more information about Applicant’s proposed project, please visit their website, or contact Joe Walker by email or phone at 604.669.0424.

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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