Wednesday, April 14, 2021
File Number: 
2021-07

PITT MEADOWS, BC – The community is invited to attend the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements Project Spring Community Update on track configuration and the results of the  noise and vibration study. Four virtual sessions are scheduled between April 21 and 28 to share information about each of these topics, next steps and answer questions.

“Council is eager to receive information pertinent to these two topics and to have the community’s questions answered,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “In the coming months, we will be working closely with our project partners to help address any concerns and look forward to coming back in the fall for engagement on the Harris Road overpass and heritage buildings.”

“I encourage all residents to attend the virtual information sessions about these important aspects of the project,” says Chief Administrative Officer Mark Roberts. “These sessions are an opportunity for the public to learn more and ask questions.”

As part of this project update, there are two virtual information sessions on each topic. Learn more and sign up to attend at portvancouver.com/pittmeadowsengagement.

Track configuration sessions

Canadian Pacific (CP) will provide an overview of the location of the rail tracks and information on current and future operations as part of the rail improvements.

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 1 to 3 p.m.

CP is proposing to upgrade a portion of the rail corridor in Pitt Meadows, within their right-of-way. These improvements will allow CP to improve their rail operations and accommodate the trade growth expected in the future. In Canada, CP is regulated by the Government of Canada and mandated to transport goods. 

CP is proposing the following rail track improvements within their right-of-way:  

  • 1829 metre (6,000 feet) extension of the existing track that accesses the Vancouver Intermodal Facility, east across Harris Road. 
  • An additional 3048 metres (10,000 feet) of new siding track on the north side of the existing tracks between Harris Road and Kennedy Road.

Noise and vibration sessions

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (the port authority) will share results of the noise and vibration study including the methodology, current mitigation considerations, and next steps.

  • Monday, April 26, 2021 from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 7 to 9 p.m.

In 2019, the port authority engaged BKL, an acoustical engineering firm, to undertake a noise and vibration assessment. The purpose of the assessment was to understand current noise and vibration levels and model future levels with and without the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements Project to inform noise mitigation measures.  

Next steps

A summary of the information sessions and what was heard will be presented to Council and the community at an Engagement and Priorities Committee (EPC) meeting on May 4 at 7p.m.

During the next round of public engagement in the fall, the proposed design for the Harris Road underpass and information about the relocation of the heritage buildings will be shared with the community for feedback.

Learn more:
pittmeadows.ca/roadandrail
portvancouver.com/pittmeadowsengagement

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For more information please contact:
Carolyn Baldridge
Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows
cbaldridge@pittmeadows.ca

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