Bring Back Passenger Rail to the Fraser Valley
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WHEREAS the rapidly growing population South of the Fraser River of over one million, receives poor infrastructure funding and currently suffers from serious traffic congestion and air pollution funneled up the Fraser Valley, resulting in increased health care, road maintenance and capital costs to widen the freeway.
WHEREAS the existing Interurban Rail Line ran a very popular passenger service four times a day Vancouver to Chilliwack from 1910 to 1950 and is currently used only for freight by the Southern Railway, including 12.5 km. shared with Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways.
WHEREAS the West Coast Express passenger service at significant contract cost, uses the Canadian Pacific tracks, successfully removing over 7000 cars a day from Hwy # 11, north of the Fraser River.
WHEREAS the Government of British Columbia through B.C. Hydro owns the Interurban rail right of way and has retained the right to run a passenger service at no cost from Surrey to Chilliwack.
WHEREAS the Leewood Projects Proposal was recently updated at approximately $750 million for hourly service, which includes crossing upgrades, selected track refurbishments, simple stations, signaling and selected passing loops and vehicles.
Therefore we the undersigned call on the Government of British Columbia to restore passenger rail service to Fraser Valley communities using DMU (Diesel Multiple Units) on the Interurban line from Surrey to Chilliwack, since they are compatible with both mainline and Tram Track service.
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