Saturday, May 13, 2017 



A Look at the Future of Transportation 

Rail for the Valley May 14 meeting postponed

Myrtle Macdonald, RFTV



e know thousands of you who seriously want passenger rail are discouraged. It is time to come together in visible ways. We are too few to accomplish our goals and need your help.

Sunday May 14 at 2:30 P.M.
Sardis library, 5819 Tyson Road

Thank you to those who took the time to come to the meeting on Sunday. We had a very thorough and interesting discussion (as we do in all our meetings). We agreed to meet again to finish our agenda:

  New Project Ideas
  Crowd Funding
  Updates on Past Activities

We have a huge trailer sign that can be used as an impressive message beside the highway if given permission by a land owner to park it somewhere alongside Highway 1.

Dr. Rick Sweeting is looking into this. Let him know if you can help.

We have $690.58 in the bank and want to decide how best to spend it and how to raise more.

Also let us further consider the following:

  The BC government (the people of BC) owns the right of way for the old Interurban that is already legally designated for passenger use.

  Southern Railway uses the rails for freight and has kept it in repair.

  The interurban line goes near 6 university/college campuses, and a short shuttle service could take passengers to the Abbotsford Airport and the main Abbotsford University of Fraser Valley campus.

  Shuttle services could take passengers to Cultus lake, Chilliwack Lake, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Bridal Veil Falls, and Hope.

  The Interurban route does not meander. Even now many commuters from Chilliwack to the lower mainland drive beside this route more quickly than on Highway 1.

  The West coast Express north of the Fraser from Mission to Vancouver pays for itself even though high rent is paid to CNCP. Its popularity made it necessary to increase the number of passenger cars to 10. The population south of the Fraser is much larger. Cost of tickets could be the same or less.

  Reinstalling passenger service along the Interurban according to the reliable 85-page Leewood Proposal, would be much less than Transit officials claim.

  Another excellent study regarding a recent Scottish Rail Project shows parallel feasibility.

  Two popular new rail lines have been opened in Western Australia have been built at low lost.

  Using the old route would be environmentally friendly compared to building more skytrains, subways and new routes. Cement structures like those needed for Skytrain off gas CO2 for decades.

  The cost of widening and maintaining highways is far greater than for railway lines.

  Carbon tax paid by the population south of the Fraser should be used to provide efficient passenger service to those tax payers.

  A bus carries 50 people while a train can carry five or ten rail passenger cars with over 100 passengers each .

  There are two accidents or more every day on Highway #1.

  A bus needs to be replaced every five years but a rail car lasts 30 years or more.

  Former Mayors of Surrey Dianne Watts and of Langley Township Rick Green gave strong support to Rail for the Valley. Other Mayors seem intimidated by fear of tax increases and loss of votes. How can councilors be won over?


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