Moving the Terminal to Dartmouth
The optimal location of a new Dartmouth container terminal was identified as being to the south of downtown Dartmouth and to the north of Eastern Passage. This location was determined by navigational issues and by land use developments along the Dartmouth shoreline.
For the Dartmouth concept, two rail options were considered to provide necessary rail access to the site:
- Trains running along the existing Dartmouth waterfront line
- Trains running along new track east of Dartmouth
Trains running along the existing Dartmouth waterfront were found to be impractical due to the 4200 metre length required for efficient operation. A route for a 20+ kilometre track running east of Dartmouth was examined in detail and adjusted to mitigate property and environment impacts.
Not including rail costs and costs related to property purchases, capital cost for this option was estimated at $1.4 billion CAD in 2017, with operation not expected to start until early-to-middle 2030.
This option was determined to have much higher costs, longer timeline, increased logistical/construction challenges, and significant impact on properties and residents in Dartmouth.