Arbutus Greenway is taking shape

Arbutus Greenway is taking shape

JUNE 18, 2017 — The transformation of the former CPR Arbutus Rail Corridor into a new temporary pedestrian and cycling greenway is well underway. As the Director of Transportation Lon LaClaire described to Marpole BIA members at the AGM in September 2016, the temporary pathway would be close to completion in spring 2017. At the same time, the City's Arbutus Greenway Project office has been hosting open houses and conducting surveys on what residents want from a permanent pathway. The permanent greenway is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2019. Highlights of public consultation include:

  • Provide a high-quality, accessible public space for walking and cycling.
  • Create a safe, comfortable, and welcoming destination with places for gathering, socializing, and relaxing.
  • Connect to neighbourhoods, parks, and other points of interest along the greenway, as well as the broader transportation network.
  • Keep green spaces: places for tranquility, to reconnect with nature, to grow food, and nurture ecosystems and biodiversity.

The Greenway project team will use what it heard to develop a vision for the future Arbutus Greenway, which will guide the design process over the coming months.

The Marpole BIA is very excited about the connections to the Greenway within Marpole, and to other neighbourhoods such as Kits, Kerrisdale and Shaughnessy.

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City and CP agree to landmark agreement for the creation of the Arbutus Greenway

MAR 7, 2016 —“The City’s historic purchase of the Arbutus railway is great news for Vancouver,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Thanks to this landmark agreement, the City will be able to transform the area into an outstanding greenway and connect neighbourhoods from False Creek to Marpole. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, not unlike New York’s High Line and other international examples. City Council is looking forward to the next steps in this process and to working with the community to enhance the greenway for all users.”

When complete, the Arbutus Greenway will let you walk or cycle continuously from Marpole in South Vancouver to False Creek. The greenway will be a great benefit to you and a major tourism attraction.

CP is expected to begin removing rails and ties (or sleepers) later this year, with construction of the greenway to start as as soon as the process is complete. Space will be retained for a future light rail or streetcar service.

The first sections of the greenway are due to be opened by the end of 2017, with the remainder expected to be complete by the end of 2018.


Canadian Pacific (CP) to recommence operations along Arbutus corridor

JUL 03, 2015 — Canadian Pacific's (CP) tracks and land along the Arbutus corridor are ready for recommencement of operations. The transporting and storage of rail cars on the tracks will commence in the coming weeks. CP asks for resident's cooperation in staying off the railway corridor for safety reasons. It is illegal to walk, drive or cycle on or alongside the railway line.

Should you need to cross the tracks, do so only at marked crossings. If you see trespassers or dangerous activity on or around CP tracks at any time of the day you can contact CP Police at 1-800-716-9132.

If you have further questions about CP's work along the Arbutus corridor, contact their Community Connect team at or 1-800-766-7912.

JUN 30, 2015 — "I remain fully opposed to the reactivation of trains on the Arbutus corridor, after more than 15 years of inactivity on the route. The City of Vancouver has a wide variety of significant public safety concerns about CP's course of action, and City staff have thoroughly communicated those concerns to Transport Canada." - Mayor Gregor Robertson [READ FULL STATEMENT]