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.

See: vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/arbutus-greenway.aspx

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 community_connect@cpr.ca 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]