Westwood Street Rail Crossing Improvements Project

Through a collaborative planning process that involved the port authority, Transport Canada, TransLink, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council the rail crossings along Westwood Avenue were identified as priorities to be upgraded. In 2018, the port authority received funding from Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund to complete preliminary design work.

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The project includes:

  • Studies and preliminary work for a possible Westwood Street underpass to pass underneath the rail line
  • Studies and preliminary work on options for a possible Kingsway Avenue underpass or overpass to cross the rail line

The port authority is consulting with Indigenous groups, municipalities and other stakeholders to undertake technical studies and community engagement, advance project design, complete project definition, and secure funding for detailed design and construction of the project.


Westwood Street before

Rendering of underpass at Westwood Street

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. 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 first responders 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 whistling
Separating the crossings allows for reduced whistling requirements by trains.
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, and integration of native species in landscaping plans
Improved connections for walking and cycling
Enhance walking and cycling facilities associated with the crossings


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 – The government of Canada grants funding to study and do early design for the crossings through the National Trade Corridors Fund
  • 2020/2021 – Pending results of early study and design, the port authority will pursue additional funding to construct the project

Project partner roles

Successfully delivering this project will require strong collaboration with the City of Port Coquitlam, City of Coquitlam, local Indigenous groups and CP. We will be working closely with these organizations to ensure the project addresses their particular needs.


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

Our approach to public engagement 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.

Phase one public engagement
The first round of public engagement is anticipated to take place in 2021. To be notified of upcoming public engagement opportunities, please sign up for our newsletter.


Funding Partners

The early design and study portion of this project received funding from the Government of Canada’s through the National Trade Corridors Fund, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and CP.

Part of Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030