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From the langley Advance – Rail task force forming up

October 13, 2009

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Good news, everyone, valley politicians are on the right track.

Rail task force forming up

The Township’s mayor will lead the new organization.

Matthew Claxton, Langley Advance

Published: Friday, October 09, 2009

A task force to kick start community rail is being formed in the South of the Fraser area.

Mayor Rick Green brought his plan to his own Township council Monday afternoon, after a summer spent shopping it around to many neighbouring municipalities.

Dubbed the South of the Fraser Community Rail Task Force, the group’s goal is to get a demonstration rail project off the ground.

Green hopes that will be the first step in bringing a permanent service into being.

The Township council debated the idea during its weekly special meeting, and also voted to appoint Coun. Jordan Bateman as a representative to the group.

Green said he hopes the task force will have its first meeting in the first week of November.

His goal is to see a demonstration community rail project underway fairly soon.

“I would hope within the next two years,” Green said.

The long-term planning of major rail routes is not on the radar of the group, he said.

“The whole idea is to promote the benefits and value of a demonstration project,” Green said.

There is already one demonstration project slated, that of the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society. They have restored a BC Electric Rail car and hope to see it back on the tracks in Surrey sometime in the near future.

Green said he isn’t sure how far the task force’s demonstration project will run, but he suggested a route between Newton in Surrey and the Gloucester Industrial Park in Aldergrove isn’t out of the question.

For the demonstration project, the train would run only on the existing rails that cross Langley and Surrey.

The passenger rights on the rail line that runs from Surrey through to Chilliwack, the former BC Electric line, were recently renewed.

Green said the plan will go to Lower Mainland business groups and institutes of higher education next for feedback.

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