Friday, July 15, 2022

Comment Period through Transport Canada's Navigation Protection Program now open for CN Rail's Track expansion plans along Prince Rupert waterfront

Area of planned track expansion on the Prince Rupert waterfront
(Image from Transport Canada website)

CN Rail has some track expansion plans up for consideration as part of a Transport Canada review process; with the focus for their proposed work a stretch of Prince Rupert waterfront from the BC Ferries Terminal to the Pinnacle Pellet Terminal. 

A portion of the work that is planned will be taking place below the bluffs that make for the residential area along Graham Avenue on the city's west side.

Area in yellow is the location for the planned track expansion
(Image from Transport Canada website)
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The Documentation provided to Transport Canada through its Navigation Protection Program Registry, outlines the scope of the work that will require some infill work along the shoreline as part of the expansion.

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The main line service area includes those lands that make for the Prince Rupert yard near Rotary Waterfront park to the DP World Terminal. 

In the documentation,  the work is noted as taking place on Federal lands.

How they plan to construct the additional track in the area is outlined below:

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Should it move forward, the anticipated start for the rail expansion is noted as October 1st 2022, with the completion date set for March 1st.

The full documentation with Transport Canada can be viewed here.

The background to the Navigation Protection Program Registry (the Registry) outlines that it was established to notify and provide information to Canadians of proposed, current and past works on all navigable waterways by facilitating access to records related to these proposals that may impact the public right to navigation.

Those that may have cause to offer comments on the project can do so from this portal, though you need to register prior to gaining access to the consultation portal, more information on the comment process can be explored through that link.

The deadline to provide comment is listed August 13, 2022

More notes on CN Rail themes in the Northwest can be explored from our archive page.

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