Wednesday, December 07, 2011


Shades of BC Rail

Open house Wednesday on Deltaport expansion plan

By Sandor Gyarmati,
The Delta Optimist December 5, 2011

Port Metro Vancouver will hold a pair of public open houses next week on major expansion plans for the Deltaport container terminal at Roberts Bank.

Part of the port authority's Container Capacity Improvement Program, public consultations are currently underway regarding the Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project.

The project, according to the port authority, is a series of improvements to the existing three-berth Deltaport terminal.

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Noting container traffic through Canada's Pacific Gateway is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years, the port authority is looking at building an entirely new three-berth terminal in Delta, a controversial project known as T2.

Preliminary geotechnical and seismic work started earlier this year with an extensive offshore drilling program around Roberts Bank. A number of other field studies are scheduled to take place as well.

Deltaport is the largest container terminal in Canada with a current capacity of 1.8 million TEUs.

Current road and rail constraints limit the capacity of Deltaport to meet forecast demand for additional container movements, according to the port authourity.

The road and rail project has several key elements, including an overpass on the existing Roberts Bank causeway that will separate road and rail traffic, reconfiguration of rail track, additional container handling equipment within the existing Deltaport terminal and road improvements on Deltaport Way.

The project also involves additional rail track within the existing railway corridor and a portion of what's known as the Option Lands.

The Options Lands are properties along the Deltaport Way corridor that had previously been expropriated by the province, but later sold back to local farmers, subject to options to purchase to create a new rail right-of-way. The options were negotiated in anticipation of future expansion of railway operations and extend to a 200-foot (60-metre) strip immediately south and adjacent to the existing right-of-way between Arthur Drive and 41B Street. The options were exercised by B.C. Rail in 2008.

The myriad of rail improvements also includes the construction of a new lead track (a rail track that connects the rail yard with the main line) between 72nd Street and the Roberts Bank causeway, as well as other tracks. The port authority says a total of 70,000 feet of new track is required.

Already underway, meanwhile, is the separate $300 million Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program, which includes one road network improvement project and eight overpasses in Delta, Surrey and Langley.

The public consultation sessions on the Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project wraps up Jan. 6, 2012.

The upcoming open houses in South Delta will take place Wednesday, Dec 7 at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Delta Town & Country Inn, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In addition, the port authority is holding a number of multi-stakeholder meetings in Delta and Richmond next week with local governments, community, agricultural and business groups.

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speaking of bc rail, alex tsakumis site is down this morning after posting the 2nd rcmp interview with brian kieran. read it last night, describes his brbing b/v and recieving confidential government documents.
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