Commissioner Street Rail Expansion

As part of the Burrard Inlet Road and Rail Improvement Program, CP Rail is proposing to expand their existing rail infrastructure within the Commissioner Street transportation corridor by adding an additional two tracks to the north of the existing rail yard between the Commissioner Street overpass (McGill Street) in the east and Victoria Drive in the west. Approximately 40 per cent of this project is within the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority jurisdiction, the balance of the work is understood to be within the CP Rail right of way and a small portion under the jurisdiction of the City of Vancouver. 

The additional tracks are approximately 2,400 metres and 1,300 metres in length and are intended to provide increased storage capacity and improve operations for existing Port of Vancouver rail customers on the south shore of Burrard Inlet. The installation of the tracks will require grading, excavation, removal of contaminated soils, and the placing of structural fill and standard track materials. Project works also include the adjustment of the existing rail spur that serves Columbia Containers and upgrades to the road level crossing and warning system, installation of a utility protection slab on Commissioner Street, realignment of tracks below the Commissioner Street overpass, paving, construction of a retaining wall at New Brighton Road, construction of associated track derails, turnouts and crossovers throughout the rail yard, and works to signals, warning systems and utilities.  

Work is proposed to commence following the Commissioner Street road realignment work being completed by the port authority. The construction schedule is anticipated to include 4 months of grading, drainage and structural work, followed by 3 months of track construction and crossing modifications. Works may be required to take place outside of regular construction hours. 

The proposed amendment

Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) Ltd. is requesting a permit extension to the approved project permit PER 21-042, which has an expiry date of May 31, 2024. Additional time is being requested to allow for the installation of steel casing over the Nanaimo Street water main located under the CPKC rail tracks, located at or near 2319 Commissioner Street.  


Latest update

Commissioner Street Rail Expansion - 1440 Columbia Street – Public comments invited

April 29, 2024 – As part of its Project and Environmental Review process, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority must determine whether the Commissioner Street Rail Expansion – permit extension, located between the Commissioner Street overpass (McGill Street) and Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. Written comments to be received by May 28, 2024.



Project and Environmental Review
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3T4

  • Location

    • Commissioner Street Rail Expansion (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Railways
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    CP Rail
  • Authorities

    • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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