Saturday, July 7, 2012
Good Old Fashioned Transit
Rail demo project in Cloverdale later in summer
Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, Chilliwack
time ago you told us you want light passenger rail from Chilliwack to
Surrey. Quite a lot of effort has gone into getting this accomplished.
Friends of Rail for the Valley was incorporated. At the third Annual General
meeting on April 15, 2012, John Vissers of Abbotsford became the President
and Rick Green of Langley Vice President.
Recording Secretary, Myrtle Macdonald Membership Secretary, Graham
Dalton Treasurer, Lal Sharma and Robbin Yager are from Chilliwack.
Other Board members are Doug Ruggles of Abbotsford, Roy Mufford of
Milner, Lee Lockwood of Langley, and Dr.John Buker now of Rosedale.
He has returned from the Yukon, taken a teaching post at UFV,
Abbotsford campus, and settled into farming with his wife and first
He updates and adds articles about light rail to the
www.railforthevalley.com. If you don’t receive this very
interesting publication, click that web site and ask to be on the
mailing list. Send you comments there and to me if you like. If you
want less frequent mail or none at all, please let us know. I’d like
to know your views.
The Leewood Proposal by a highly experienced and respected British
firm, expertly done for Rail for the Valley, was published In
September 2010. It goes into all aspects of getting rail service
functioning several times a day efficiently and at remarkably little
cost to passengers and government, 99 km. from Scott Road Sky
station (near Patullo Bridge) to Chilliwack. You can download the 87
www.railforthevalley.com. 99km will cost 1/3 as much as 11 km of
of sky train.
We are delighted that the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society has
been very active. The original Interurban Car 1125 (Chilliwack) and
car 1304 have been totally restored and will be moved to Cloverdale
at an opening of the restored railway station later this summer.
Our first priority is to get this Heritage Railway up and running as
a demonstration project.
Surrey Council are planning for light rail and have purchased the
Right of Way - from the the Sky Train Station to the Southern Rail
line - and have declared the Southern Rail Line a light rail
“We commit $164 million a year to TransLink, so it’s important those
dollars flow south of the Fraser now,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne
Watts recently. Surrey Council have also been generous in funding
building costs for the station at Cloverdale.
Graham plans to have a stand at the Berry Festival in Abbotsford on
July 7 and 8 to promote light rail.
Graham and others will again have a tent at Party in the Park in
Chilliwack Fridays 5 to 10PM July and August. Can you please
volunteer to help us, committing yourself for certain hours on
specific dates, such as 6 to 8 PM.
We have excellent posters,
banners and info. E-mail me here
or phone 604-795-6390. After seven rings the answering machine comes
Memberships of $10 and donations are all a help in advancing the
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