Pitt Meadows road and rail improvements

Pitt Meadows is home to two of the busiest rail crossings in the lower mainland. The Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvement project will aim to eliminate the rail crossings at Harris Road and Kennedy Road. Currently, these crossings are blocked each day by moving trains for an average of:

  • One hour and 45 minutes at Kennedy Road
  • Three hours and 30 minutes at Harris Road

Upcoming engagement:

The first phase of public engagement is now closed.

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Our goal is to mitigate the impacts of growing rail and port trade traffic on Pitt Meadows. These changes will improve safety and community access by creating more reliable travel times and better emergency response options.

The project includes:

  • A new four-lane underpass at the Canadian Pacific (CP) main rail line crossing at Harris Road.
  • A new two-lane overpass at the main rail line entrance to CP’s Vancouver Intermodal Facility, replacing the level rail crossing at Kennedy Road.
  • An extension of one of CP’s existing rail tracks, which serves the Intermodal Facility.

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

Project benefits

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:

Improved public safety
Reduces risk of collisions between trains and people walking, cycling and driving.
Reduced congestion
Improves mobility for local residents and more efficient goods movement.
Better emergency response
Allows police, fire, and ambulance to get to incidents faster and more easily
Reduced GHG emissions
Elimination of wait times for vehicles at train crossings means reduced emissions and reduced energy requirements.
More reliable commute times
Improves reliability of roads because they will not be blocked by rail traffic.
Increased job opportunities 
Growth in trade means growth in local jobs.
Reduced noise
Separating the crossings allows for reduced noise as the bells at crossing gates will no longer be required.
Accommodating trade growth
Increasing capacity to move Canadian products to foreign markets, and foreign products to Canadian consumers, safely and more efficiently

The port authority will also work with the local community and Indigenous groups to identify opportunities for:

Public space improvements
Create public space improvements such as inclusion of Indigenous cultural recognition, public art, integration of native species in landscaping plans, etc.
Improved connections for walking and cycling
Enhance walking and cycling facilities associated with the crossings.

Project partner roles

Successfully delivering this project will require strong collaboration with the City of Pitt Meadows, local Indigenous groups, and CP, and we will be working closely with them to ensure the project addresses their particular needs.

This project has three partners:

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
The port authority is providing overall project management and ensuring best practice in engagement and environmental protection.

Canadian Pacific (CP)
CP owns and operates the Vancouver Intermodal Facility located in Pitt Meadows. CP plans to extend an existing track leading into and out the Vancouver Intermodal Facility. They are providing funding to the project. Learn more about CP.

City of Pitt Meadows
The City of Pitt Meadows is collaborating with the port authority and CP to ensure the project meets the needs of the community and has agreed to owning and maintaining the Kennedy Road overpass and the public serving portions of the Harris Road underpass (not the structure supporting the rail tracks) when complete. The city is also helping to secure a new location for the Hoffmann and Son Machine Shop and the Old General Store.

Timeline

The below timeline shows historical events as well as the project’s anticipated timeline. Dates subject to change.

  • 2017 – Project submitted to the National Trade Corridors Fund for funding
  • 2018 – Early public engagement held in Pitt Meadows on the future of transportation in the city
  • 2018 – The Government of Canada grants funding to design and build the project through the National Trade Corridors Fund
  • October 21- November 22, 2019 – First phase of public engagement → (we are here)
  • Spring 2020 – Second phase of public engagement
  • TBC 2020 – Final phase of public engagement
  • 2021 – Final project approval
  • 2021 – Construction anticipated to begin
  • 2024 – Anticipated project completion

The Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements Project enables the City of Pitt Meadows and residents to play a role in shaping the future of their community.

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.

Current updates and engagement

Harris Road underpass engagement

From June 28 to July 19, 2022, we invited people who live, work, and play in Pitt Meadows to share ideas as part of engagement for the Harris Road underpass, part of the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements Project.

We held in-person engagement with the community to share:

  • A draft design for the Harris Road underpass
  • An update on noise and vibration mitigation
  • An update on the future heritage site

Thank you to everyone who provided valuable feedback during public engagement for the Harris Road underpass. Stay tuned for an engagement summary in late September.

Past updates and engagement

In April 2021, the port authority, in partnership with CP and the City of Pitt Meadows provided an update on the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements Project to the local community. As part of this update, we shared the results of the noise and vibration study, along with mitigation considerations and next steps. CP also shared an update on the rail improvements, including the location and configuration of the rail tracks. We understand through feedback from the community and stakeholders that these two components of the project are important and of interest. 

As part of this project update, we hosted information sessions on each topic. If you missed them, you can view the presentation portion of the sessions and find more information about each topic below: 

Rail configuration

  • Watch a recording of the rail configuration presentation here 
  • Read the rail configuration brochure here 
  • Review the Q&A from the rail configuration information sessions here 

Noise and vibration

  • Watch a recording of the noise and vibration presentation here 
  • Read the noise and vibration brochure here 
  • Read the full technical noise and vibration assessment completed by BKL here 
  • Review the Q&A from the noise and vibration information sessions here 

The following documents highlight what we heard in previous public engagements and what we’ve done so far. For more details, please review the engagement summaries below.

2020: Phase two engagement, part one engagement: Kennedy Road (July 7 to 28, 2020)

2019: Phase one public engagement (October 21 – November 22, 2019) 

2018: Future of Transportation in Pitt Meadows public engagement documents

The following documents highlight what we’ve heard throughout public engagement and what we’ve done so far. For a more detailed summary, please review the engagement summaries under the “Previous engagement” section.

Project documents
May 2019 – Project fact sheet 
April 2020 – Phase one engagement summary
October 2020 – Phase two, part one engagement summary
Summer 2021 – Pitt Meadows – Community opinion research
December 2021 – Project partnering agreement
December 2021 – Noise mitigation scenarios
June 2022 – Noise and vibration fact sheet
June 2022 – Noise and vibration Q and A
June 2022 – Noise and vibration report – BKL
June 2022 – Harris Road underpass engagement discussion guide

News Releases
June 22, 2018 – News Release – Vancouver to benefit from more than $200 million in federal funding for infrastructure projects
May 31, 2019 – News Release – Project to separate Pitt Meadows roadways from rail crossings closer to becoming a reality
August 6, 2019 – City of Pitt Meadows News Release – Underpass and Overpass Memorandum of Understanding Endorsed by Council
December 15, 2021 — News Release — Proposed Harris Road underpass in Pitt Meadows reaches milestone with partnering agreement 

Newsletters
October 9, 2019 – Newsletter – Project update and look ahead to phase one engagement
November 22, 2019 – Newsletter – Wrap up of phase one engagement
May 4, 2020 – Newsletter – Notice of upcoming phase one engagement summary presentation to Pitt Meadows city council
May 6, 2020 – Newsletter – Follow up from phase one engagement summary presentation to Pitt Meadows city council
June 24, 2020 – Newsletter – Upcoming engagement
July 6, 2020 – Newsletter – Engagement opens tomorrow, presentation to Pitt Meadows city council tomorrow
July 28, 2020 – Newsletter – Engagement and priorities meeting today, last day to provide feedback on Kennedy Road overpass
October 20, 2020 – Newsletter – Kennedy Road overpass engagement summary
April 13, 2021 – Newsletter – Spring project update
April 19, 2021 – Newsletter – Rail configuration and noise and vibration brochures
October 15, 2021 – Newsletter – Harris Road engagement update
October 27, 2021 – Newsletter – Engagement and priorities meeting and opinion research
December 21, 2021 – Newsletter – Project partnering agreement and noise mitigation
June 13, 2022 – Newsletter – New video: Learn about proposed rail improvements near Harris Road
June 21, 2022 – Newsletter – Help shape the future of Harris Road

Federal regulations
November 4, 2021 – Project designation decision under Impact Assessment Act

Funding partners

This project is funded by the Government of Canada through the National Trade Corridors Fund, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and CP. Project value $141.1 million.

Part of Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030.