Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements Project

Project engagement

Help shape the future of Harris Road in Pitt Meadows by joining us at the City of Pitt Meadows Engagement and Priorities Meeting on October 19.

The port authority will be presenting a project update and answering questions about the Harris Road underpass, heritage relocations, and ongoing work for noise mitigation related to the project. 

Learn more about engagement updates at portvancouver.com/pittmeadowsengagement.

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Phone: 778.957.9444

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is leading the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvement project that proposes to eliminate the rail crossings at Harris Road and Kennedy Road. Pitt Meadows is home to two of the busiest rail crossings in the lower mainland.

The port authority wants to reduce bottlenecks in the Lower Mainland – not only for cargo carriers, but for local communities as well.

Harris Road underpass

The Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements Project would separate road and rail traffic at Harris Road. This will make local commutes faster and safer, improve community connections through more reliable traffic flow and improve emergency response times.  

Currently, the rail crossing on Harris Road can be blocked for an average of three minutes during a single train crossing, with up to 40 rail crossings on a given weekday. It was identified in the Top 500 highest risk railway crossings in Canada. 

The port authority is prioritizing work for the Harris Road rail crossing, based on what we heard is important for the City of Pitt Meadows and the community.

 

Photo of Harris Road today

Rendering of underpass at Harris Road, final design still to be determined

Project benefits

The port authority has a positive track record of delivering high-quality projects based on best practices in sustainability, environmental protection, and engagement.

Benefits of this project include:

Improved public safety
by reducing the risk of collisions between trains and people walking, cycling, and driving
Reduced congestion
by improving mobility for local residents
Better emergency response
for police, firefighters, and ambulance to get to incidents faster and more easily
Reduced emissions and energy consumption
by eliminating vehicle wait times at train crossings
More reliable commute times
by removing rail crossing delays
Increased job opportunities 
through Canada’s growing trade needs
Reduced noise
by separating rail crossings to reduce train noise and crossing signals
Accommodating trade growth
by 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
by adding Indigenous cultural recognition, public art, and native species in landscaping plans
Improved connections for walking and cycling
Enhance walking and cycling facilities associated with the crossings.

Project overview

The project includes: 

  • A new four-lane underpass below the CP main rail crossing at Harris Road 
  • A new two-lane overpass on Kennedy Road over the main rail line entrance to CP’s Vancouver Intermodal Facility  

CP is leading the following rail components:

  •  A new siding track on the north side of the existing tracks between Harris Road and Kennedy Road
  • An extension of the existing lead track accessing the Vancouver Intermodal Facility east across Harris Road

The port authority is consulting with Indigenous groups, municipalities, and other stakeholders as we conduct technical studies and community engagement, advance project design, and plan for project construction. 

Project partners

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
As the lead agency on this project, the port authority is collaborating with the City of Pitt Meadows, CP, and Indigenous groups. The port authority is partially funding the project, undertaking technical studies, leading community engagement, and collaborating on project design. The port authority will also oversee project construction. 

CP

CP owns and operates the Vancouver Intermodal Facility located in Pitt Meadows. CP will lead the extension of the existing track leading to the Vancouver Intermodal Facility. They are also providing project funding.  

This project does not include CP’s proposed Logistics Park: Vancouver, proposed for south of the Vancouver Intermodal Facility. The port authority is not responsible for communications surrounding the logistics park as it is not part of the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements Project.

City of Pitt Meadows
The City of Pitt Meadows is working closely with the port authority and CP to ensure the project meets the needs of the community – including improved safety, enhanced access and connections, reduced travel times for road users, and better emergency response. They are working with project partners to explore feasible noise and vibration mitigation options, long-term effects on traffic and changes to the character of the community. The City is also working closely with the Pitt Meadows Heritage and Museum Society to find suitable locations for the Hoffmann and Son Machine Shop and the General Store Heritage buildings. 

Timeline

The below timeline shows historical events as well as the project’s anticipated timeline.

  • 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
  • July 7-28, 2020 – Phase two engagement, part one for the Kennedy Road overpass
  • Spring 2021 – Update on the noise and vibration study and rail component of the project led by CP
  • Fall 2021 – Phase two, part two engagement: Harris Road underpass and location of the heritage buildings
  • Early-mid 2022: Harris Road – engagement on draft design
  • 2022 – Final project approval
  • 2023 – Construction begins
  • 2025/2026 – Project completion

Timelines are subject to change

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

Our latest phase of engagement runs October 19, 2021 until October 26, 2021. 

We acknowledge that while port-related developments provide local, regional, and national benefits, they may also have potential impacts on those who live, work, or play in and around port lands and waters. 

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. 

Previous 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.

Funding partners

This project is funded by the Government of Canada through the National Trade Corridors Fund, the port authority, and CP.

Part of Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030