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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
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:
The port authority will also work with the local community and Indigenous groups to identify opportunities for:
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.
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 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.
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 – Update on alignment of Harris Road underpass, heritage building relocations, opinion research, and noise and vibration mitigation
- 2021 – Project partnering agreement with the City of Pitt Meadows approved
- Spring 2022 – Phase three engagement: Harris Road underpass
- Late 2022 – Final agreement and approval of design and construction plan between the port authority, CP, and City of Pitt Meadows
- Late 2022 – Final design update: Harris Road underpass
- 2023 – Final project approval
- 2023 – Construction begins
- 2026 – Project completion
Timelines are subject to change
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.
The port authority has been working closely with the City of Pitt Meadows and CP to progress the planning and design of the project. Thank you to everyone who has participated in engagement to date.
Touchpoints with the community include:
- Fall 2019 engagement – Listen and learn
- Summer 2020 engagement – Kennedy Road overpass
- Spring 2021 update – CP rail configuration and noise and vibration study
- Fall 2021 update – New alignment of the Harris Road underpass, heritage building relocations, ongoing work on noise and vibration mitigation, and opinion research
- Summer 2022 engagement – Harris Road underpass
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. Thank you to everyone who provided valuable feedback during public engagement for the Harris Road underpass.
- View the engagement summary presentation to the City of Pitt Meadows Council
- Read the engagement summary report
Past updates and engagement
- Read the Q&A about the Harris Road underpass, opinion research, partnering agreement, noise and vibration mitigation, and more
- View the presentation to the City of Pitt Meadows Engagement and Priorities Committee meeting
- Watch the live recording of the City of Pitt Meadows Engagement and Priorities Committee meeting
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:
- 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.
- Phase one engagement: listen and learn
- Phase two, part one engagement: Kennedy Road overpass draft design
2020: Phase two engagement, part one engagement: Kennedy Road (July 7 to 28, 2020)
2019: Phase one public engagement (October 21 – November 22, 2019)
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
September 2022 – Harris Road underpass engagement summary report
November 4, 2021 – Project designation decision under Impact Assessment Act
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