At the February 2, 2015 Regular Meeting, Delta Council received a staff report providing a brief update on BNSF Railway Company's proposed siding extension. BNSF has confirmed that the additional track from south of 64 Avenue to Fraser Surrey Docks will be used exclusively as a siding. In rail terminology, a siding is a low speed track section separate from the main line that is connected to the main line at both ends.
Delta has still not received formal notification from BNSF on the proposed North Colebrook Siding Project. Formal notification is prescribed under Section 8 of the federal Railway Safety Act, and must be provided before the start of construction. Delta staff have requested a revised project schedule from BNSF, but have not yet received a response.
At the May 5, 2014 Regular Meeting, Delta Council received a staff report providing an update on BNSF Railway Company's proposed siding extension, including an approximate 2.5 kilometre increase to the siding extension area to be constructed in 2014/15. The area is now defined by BNSF as from south of 64 Avenue to south of River Road and totals approximately 5 kilometres (see Location Plan, Attachment B, page 30).
Council also received a response letter from the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, indicating that this project would not be considered a reviewable project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
At the January 27, 2014 Regular Meeting, Delta Council considered a report and resolved to:
- Send a letter to BNSF requesting that public consultation be undertaken and that Delta's safety and environmental concerns be addressed during BNSF's formal notification; and
- Send a letter to the Federal Minister of the Environment, requesting that the proposed siding extension be considered a reviewable project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
View the staff report containing the full list of recommendations as amended by Council and the staff presentation.
At the January 6, 2014 Regular Meeting, Delta Council considered a report on the BNSF Railway Company's proposed siding extension and approved recommendations for staff to seek drainage conveyance improvements and address pedestrian safety.
BNSF Railway Company owns and operates a rail line from the continental United States to the Lower Mainland. This line, established in 1909, is a major corridor for goods transported between Port Metro Vancouver and the United States, including coal, oil, Canadian softwood lumber, paper products, and general merchandise.
BNSF Railway Company constructed a siding along this line in 2008, from the Delta-Surrey border at Highway 99, to south of 64 Avenue in North Delta. In order to increase capacity and provide growth opportunities within their regional service area, BNSF Railway Company has made Delta aware of its intention to construct a siding extension from south of 64 Avenue to north of 72 Avenue (approximately three kilometres). In the future, BNSF Railway Company has also indicated that an additional siding extension is planned from north of 72 Avenue to the Fraser Surrey Docks (approximately six kilometres in North Delta). These siding extensions will allow BNSF to move trains off its main line, allowing other rail traffic to utilize the corridor without interruption.
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