Chilliwack Progress – Message to transport minister

Message to transport minister

Published: August 20, 2010 9:00 AM

Updated: August 20, 2010 9:45 AM

Open letter to Chuck Strahl, federal minister of transportation.

I am concerned about congestion on Highway No. 1, and the need for a passenger service four times a day in each direction on the Southern Railway, from Chilliwack to Delta and on to Anacis Island. This will serve:

• Students attending all the universities and colleges south of the Fraser River,

• Passengers to Abbotsford Airport,

• Farmers who have no public transport south of Highway 1,

• Commuters, most of whom work south of the Fraser River.

• Besides it would connect with the Skytrain on Scott Road, and thus get people to Vancouver and UBC.

• Cultus Lake, Vedder River and Chilliwack Lake could become joyful destinations for tourists who could enjoy the scenery along the way, restfully on a train. Beyond Chilliwack, tourists could proceed to Harrison Hot Springs, and on their way Minter Gardens, Bridal Veil Falls, Aboriginal historic sites, Kirby, Agassiz, Hope, etc, etc. Minibuses could shuttle people here and there. Why not?

• The connection with the whole USA rail system, at Huntington/Sumas has great potential too. There are already refrigerator cars on the Southern Railway, so the import and export of fruit and vegetables has a great future that could cut down on huge dangerous trucks that fill our air with fumes and keep costs of highway maintenance unnecessarily high.

Myrtle Macdonald

via Chilliwack Progress – Message to transport minister.

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