The Future of Transportation in Pitt Meadows

Through the National Trade Corridors Fund, the Government of Canada has invested $55.8 million for four project bundles, led by the Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum (GTCF).  Pitt Meadows is host to one project bundle that includes an addition of nearly 5km of track paralleling the existing rail track through Pitt Meadows, a four lane underpass at Harris Road and construction of a two-lane overpass at Kennedy Road which is estimated to cost $141 million.

On December 18, 2018, Mayor Dingwall and Council hosted a dialogue with MP Dan Ruimy, MLA Lisa Beare and Katzie First Nation as well as representatives from Canadian Pacific, Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030, TransLink, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) to further discuss federal and provincial transportation projects in the community.

Over the coming months, the City of Pitt Meadows will engage in dialogue focused on the City’s Council's Principles and Interests with the port authority, Canadian Pacific Rail and others.

Council remains committed to engaging with the community and moving forward in a transparent way that is reflective of advocacy for Pitt Meadows. Mayor and Council are working toward resolving outstanding issues such as noise and vibration from rail operations, the preservation of heritage buildings and achieving no financial impact to Pitt Meadows as we move toward contemplating a memorandum of understanding.

Proposed Project Concepts

          

          

Updates and Timeline
January 2018: Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum (GTCF) Presentation on Proposed Projects

On January 9, 2018, the Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum (GTCF) presented to Council the status of proposed infrastructure projects affecting the Pitt Meadows community. These projects included a Harris Road underpass, Kennedy Road overpass and an interchange at Allen Way.  At the time, GTCF had submitted a proposal for the Harris Road underpass and the Kennedy Road overpass projects to the federal government for funding under the National Trade Corridors Fund. The projects in Pitt Meadows are part of the nearly 40 projects proposed as part of the Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030, intended to provide national, provincial, regional and local benefits.

View the Council meeting presentation by GTCF, including information and renderings of the proposed projects, and the Council discussion afterward. 

March 2018: City’s Principles and Interests Related to Transportation Improvements

March 28, 2018, the City released a detailed set of  Principles and Interests which serve to guide any further partnerships related to transportation improvements in Pitt Meadows. One of the key principles is that the City of Pitt Meadows does not have the financial capacity to fund regional initiatives.

May 2018: Federal Funding for Pitt Meadows Railway Infrastructure Projects

On May 18, 2018, $55.8 million in federal investment was announced toward four new rail infrastructure project bundles within Metro Vancouver. The City of Pitt Meadows is host to one project bundle, including, an addition of nearly 5km of track paralleling the existing rail track throughout Pitt Meadows, a four lane underpass at Harris Road, and construction of a two lane overpass at Kennedy Road which is estimated to cost $141 million.

June to July 2018: City of Pitt Meadows Transportation Infrastructure Engagement Process

From June 18 to July 31, 2018, the City of Pitt Meadows hosted an engagement process related to transportation infrastructure. The City brought together all of the organizations with a role in various aspects of transportation planning and investment in the community. On June 25, residents were invited to attend an open house / small group engagement where they could learn more and provide feedback about a variety of proposed railway infrastructure, transit and highway and road improvements in Pitt Meadows.

November 2018: Engagement Summary Report – The Future of Transportation in Pitt Meadows to Council

On November 13, 2018, Chris Chok from Kirk and Co. provided the Engagement Summary Report – The Future of Transportation in Pitt Meadows to Council. A total of 162 people attended the open house and

206 submitted online or printed feedback forms. Overall there was strong support for Harris Road underpass and Kennedy Road overpass. Issues raised during the small group session included the need to engage with the Pitt Meadows Heritage Society about relocating the Pitt Meadows Museum and General Store, concerns about noise and vibration from rail operations, enhancements and beautification of the proposed Harris Road underpass, and safety on Lougheed Highway.

Here are the summary report and supplemental information from those engagement sessions.

 Engagement Summary Report

Appendices

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