At CP, keeping our track and infrastructure to the highest safety standards is important to us. This means people may notice periodic work on tracks, ties, crossings, bridges and other infrastructure. Below is a list of projects that are either underway or planned.
CP's maintenance work occurs across the network year round.
CP's crossing sightline program includes removing brush and trees within 1,200 feet in both directions of crossings, out to CP's property boundary. Vegetation will be removed from 1,200 feet to 3,000 feet from crossings at a width of 35 feet from the track centerline. These measures enhance safety for grade crossing users and ensure compliance with the regulations on crossing sightlines.
Maintenance work in your community may also include the replacement of rail, rail ties or ballast, requiring the use of specialized equipment. Railway neighbours may see and hear heavy machinery and work associated with industrial activity. CP operates around the clock; maintenance work may take place at any time.
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CP is proposing to build a multi-modal, multi-commodity transload and logistics facility on strategic land holdings adjacent to its existing intermodal rail facility in Pitt Meadows, B.C. The proposed facility, named the CP Logistics Park: Vancouver, is in the early stages of design and is subject to regulatory approval prior to CP's final investment decision. Members of the community are invited to visit cplogisticspark.ca to learn more about the project and provide their feedback.
Construction of an 8,500-ft track along the existing CP mainline in Kamloops is complete, and the new track is in service. The additional track accommodates trains moving through Kamloops to Teck Resources' (Teck) expanded Neptune Terminals on Canadian National's (CN) rail network, as announced by CN and Teck in December 2019. There are no additional trains operating through the City as a result of the project.
Every mile of track is subject to a maximum speed limit. The speed limit on CP's existing mainline tracks has not changed.
Replacement of the existing noise fence along Lorne Street East and its extension to the Hwy 5 overpass will occur in April. Construction of a new noise fence south of Lorne Street in downtown will also continue through the month of April. CP is hydro seeding areas where construction disturbed the ground, including areas immediately east of the East Lorne Street residences.
The project included the removal of sections of track known as crossovers, which allowed trains to transfer between two sets of parallel tracks. Where those crossovers were removed, new rail segments were added to reconnect each of the main line tracks. Welding crews are now eliminating those rail joints.
The unofficial path commonly known as the Jack Gregson Trail is now permanently closed. This path, which came about through casual use, was located within CP's railway right-of-way. The path was neither designed nor intended to be a public pathway and is not part of the City of Kamloops public trail system. You can find the City of Kamloops official trail network on the city's website: kamloops.ca/parks-recreation/parks-sports-fields/parks-and-trails-maps.
As a reminder, all CP track and lands are private property. Rail operations and track work take place 24/7. For public safety, as well as the safety of CP employees, please keep clear of rail property at all times.
CP thanks residents for their patience and understanding during this project. CP also sincerely appreciates the collaboration with the City of Kamloops Engineering Department and with the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc at each stage of the project.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is leading the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvement project that will eliminate the rail crossings at Harris Road and Kennedy Road. Along with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Government of Canada, CP is currently investing in the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements Project through the National Trade Corridors Fund. More information about the Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements Project can be found on the project website.
CP is installing a second rail bridge over the Elbow River adjacent to and south of the existing rail bridge between 7th Street SE and 8th Street SE.
Bridge construction is planned for 2020, with additional work on CP property in 2021.
Will more tracks mean more rail traffic?CP's bridge reconfiguration will improve rail traffic flow through Alyth Yard, enabling CP to process trains more efficiently. CP's rail traffic and train frequency fluctuates with the needs of its customers.
Work will take place on CP property in the area of 69th Avenue SE to accommodate the City of Calgary Green Line LRT project. Information on this project is available through the City website at https://www.calgary.ca/greenline.
CP has received approval from the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA File Number 19-02643) to extend the existing Scotford Subdivision approximately 4 kilometers to the south. This extension will provide rail service to Inter Pipeline's new polypropylene facility. Work is expected to continue until December 1, 2020.
CP's application and supplemental filings can be downloaded from the links below:
CP Scotford Subdivision Extension Application Summary
CTA Supplemental Filing Letter June 21, 2019
CTA Supplemental Filing Letter July 17, 2019
CP Environmental Commitments Table
The CP Piapot siding is being extended eastward by approximately 4,200 feet. The grading work is anticipated to be completed by June 30, 2020 and track work in 2021.
CP will be installing a centralized traffic control (CTC) signal system, including new signal masts, signal housing, power switch equipment and switch heaters along the tracks between Smiths Falls, ON and Saint-Télesphore, QC.
The signal masts look like traffic lights. Construction will continue to December 15, 2020.
From June 15 to December 15, 2020 CP will be removing sections of the north track between Smiths Falls, ON and Dalhousie, QC. Sections of track will remain as sidings, allowing for efficient train movement through the region. The work will start near Smiths Falls, ON and proceed eastward, however we will need to return to segments multiple times over the course of the project. The majority of the work will take place Monday to Friday between 5:00am and 5:00pm, although some weekend work is expected.
Some rail and other materials will be re-used. Rail and ties are not for sale and we do not give them away.
CP will be replacing the rail on the Seaway Bridge starting in mid-April.
The rail replacement project on the bridge will ensure freight and commuter trains continue to operate safely across the bridge and through Kahnawake.
CP will update the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake as this safety project moves forward. Community members with questions about the work can contact CP Community Connect firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CP project at Les Cèdres is currently part of a company-wide review of existing facilities. As a result of this extensive review, there has been no firm timeline set for the discussion of plans at this site. We remain committed to informing all interested parties about the status of the Les Cèdres project, and about our operations in the municipality.
If you have questions about these or other projects, contact our Community Connect team here.