Canadian Pacific Railway | Cascadia Rail Expansion Phase 4

March 25, 2022

Project status
Permit under review

In March 2022, Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) submitted a project permit application to 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. The project is on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

Port authority-led engagement and consultation

As part of the Project and Environmental Review for the proposed project under the Impact Assessment Act, the proposed project was posted on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry with an opportunity for public comment between March 21 and April 20, 2022.

On April 29, 2022, Transport Canada notified the port authority that approval under the Canadian Navigable Waters Act would be needed. This required a new coordinated notice of intent be posted to the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry, and a new 30-calendar day opportunity for public comment period between May 5 and June 3, 2022.

The port authority will conduct formal consultation activities with stakeholders and Indigenous groups as part of the Project and Environmental Review process.

About the project

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) proposes to extend their existing rail track leading to the Cascadia Terminal, Vancouver. The proposed extended service track would run along the south shore of Burrard Inlet between Second Narrows and Berry Point in Burnaby. The project would 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 proposes to widen the existing rail bed by placing clean, engineered fill material in the riparian area and marine environment. The proposed extension of the rail track is to be situated within the CP right-of-way. The proposed 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 proposed. 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.

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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