Road and rail

The Port of Vancouver is part of a much larger supply chain system that extends far beyond Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River. The goods that move through the port can only do so with the support of railways and roads. With a mandate to enable Canada’s trade objectives—without sacrificing the well-being of surrounding communities—the port authority collaborates with local municipalities, provincial and federal governments, industry stakeholders, and the public to build and improve trade-enabling infrastructure throughout Metro Vancouver. These projects include work like constructing overpasses and underpasses to separate roadways and rail lines, and supporting rail line improvements. When completed, these projects help increase trade efficiency, reduce transportation bottlenecks, and enhance safety.  


Project name


Vancouver  South Shore Access Project  Under construction 
Vancouver  Commissioner Street Road and Rail Improvements Project  Under construction 
Pitt Meadows  Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements Project  Planning and design 
Burnaby Burnaby Rail Corridor Improvement Project/Holdom Overpass Planning and design
Richmond Portside/Blundell Road Improvements Project Planning and design
Coquitlam Westwood Street Rail Crossing Improvements Project Planning and design
Delta/ Surrey Fraser Surrey Port Lands Transportation Improvements Project Planning and design
Delta Deltaport Truck Staging Facility Completed August 2020
District of North Vancouver  Lynnterm site upgrades and road realignment   Completed October 2019 
Delta, Surrey, City of Langley, Township of Langley  Roberts Bank Rail corridor  Completed March 2015 
City of North Vancouver  North Shore Trade Area Upgrades Completed March 2015 
Vancouver  South Shore Corridor Project  Completed March 2015 

In addition to being the lead on some of these types of projects, we also support other projects that will be delivered by partners. These partner-led projects meet the overarching objectives of the Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030 strategy, which is strategically aligned with priorities of the federal, provincial, and local governments, as well as Indigenous groups, businesses, and communities around the country. 

The video below highlights the benefits these projects have to local communities. By separating the street from the railway the safety motorists and pedestrians is improved and first responders can get to incidents faster. When cars don’t have to wait for rains there’s less idling and fewer emissions. Plus it’s easier to predict commute times. And these projects often come with public space improvements, such as better walking and cycling connections, artwork, and gathering places.

As we prepare to deliver these projects, we will be engaging with contractors and design consultants through questionnaires, conversations, events, and through our webpage providing additional information on upcoming procurement opportunities.

Our history of gateway development

Over the years, we have supported many projects in the Vancouver gateway to help meet the demand of growing trade through the Port of Vancouver.  

  • 2009-2015 – Approximately $7.5 billion was invested into the gateway, driven by Canadian government funding through a program called the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative   
  • 2014 – The Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum was created, and the Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030 Strategy completed 
  • November 2017 – The port authority, as part of the Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum, submitted nine funding applications to the federal government’s National Trade Corridors Fund 
  • 2018 – The port authority received more than $220 million from the Government of Canada as part of the federal government’s National Trade Corridors Fund to fund infrastructure projects in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Pitt Meadows
  • 2019 – The port authority received nearly $100 million from the Government of Canada as part of the National Trade Corridors Fund to fund infrastructure projects along the Fraser River  

Moving goods better, together: the Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum

The Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum (GTCF) was created in 2014 under the leadership of the port authority. It brings together the port authority, the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and InfrastructureTransLinkTransport Canada and the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council to identify infrastructure needs in major trade corridors in the Lower MainlandThe GTCF conducted studies of the port’s major trade areas (the north and south shores of Burrard Inlet, the Fraser River and Roberts Bank) to learn more about goods movement and identify bottlenecks. Together, the group created the Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030 strategy for smart infrastructure investment, which identifies nearly 40 potential projects for the region that could increase capacity for trade while easing congestion and lowering the potential negative impact of goods movement on the environment and communities.