Our goal is to unite cross border communities in the “Gateway Semiahmoo” region of NW Whatcom County and South of the Fraser River in common cause to secure a twice daily stop of the Amtrak Cascades service to Blaine at the “to be restored” historic 1908 train station.
1) The Amtrak Cascades train travels nearly 6o miles between Vancouver, B.C. and Bellingham while averaging 22 miles between other stations on its way to Eugene, Oregon and beyond. A “suburban stop” in or near the Lower Mainland of BC has been envisioned since service to Canada was restored in 1995.
2) Today, nearly 870,000 people live south of the Fraser River and do not use the train because it requires a “doubling back” to downtown Vancouver, congested highways and tunnels and expensive parking.
3) The remarkable success of the Bellingham International Airport in adding air service and attracting Lower Mainland residents highlights the willingness of Canadians to cross the border to use a travel option they find convenient and cost effective.
4) Restoration of passenger rail access (dormant since 1981) to the Gateway Semiahmoo region of First Nations and Tribal heritage will showcase our unique geography and recreational opportunities to international travelers and help us expand our environmental commitment to the Salish Sea.
5) A passenger rail stop at the to be restored historic 1908 Blaine Depot will kick-start downtown redevelopment and encourage the City of White Rock to expand their Esplanade to a cross-border pedestrian connection at historic Peace Arch Park.
6) Restoration of passenger rail to the Gateway Semiahmoo region is supported by the Beyond the Border Accord of the Governments of Canada and the United States and the Pacific Coast Collaborative of the Province of British Columbia as well as the State of Washington to facilitate cross border tourism, job creation and environment through intercity and future high speed rail.
BNSF, who own the depot building, have applied for a demolition permit, as they have no use for the building. More information can be found at:
The benefit to Blaine and the surrounding communities is clear, but without your full support, the outcome is doubtful.
Supporters of Blaine Station