Burnaby rail corridor improvements completed

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, CN and the City of Burnaby have announced the completion of rail upgrades in Burnaby, BC as part of the Burnaby Rail Corridor Improvements Project.  The completed rail improvements have reduced the amount of time by half that trains wait in Burnaby for the tunnel to vent. About 65% of rail traffic through Burnaby goes to the North Shore, so these improvements will result in more trains per hour able to deliver goods to port terminals for export and will reduce train idling in Burnaby.  

The rail components of this project included upgrades to the Thornton Tunnel ventilation system to reduce the time between trains travelling through the tunnel and a new rail siding track from Willingdon Avenue to Piper Avenue, parallel to existing tracks, to stage trains accessing the Thornton Tunnel. In the next phase of this project, the port authority will lead work to deliver a new, four-lane overpass extending and elevating Holdom Avenue south over the rail corridor and Still Creek and connecting with Douglas Road. The port authority expects to begin construction in 2023, following the completion of procurement activities and a final phase of public engagement. 

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