Rail For The Valley News

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A message from John Buker;

Hi everyone,

I haven’t sent out any news updates in awhile, but I can tell you, the campaign has been picking up speed behind the scenes at an encouraging rate. The Community Rail Task Force headed by Langley Township Mayor Rick Green continues to gain steam, with local governments and institutions continuing to sign on.

Because of our efforts, there is now a real political opening beginning to emerge.

While the behind-the-scenes work continues, it is vital that we keep up, and actually raise the level of, the public campaign.

This is what keeps things progressing. All of our Letters to the Editor, all the forums, rallies and special events, have been decisive in moving the cause of passenger rail for the Fraser Valley along, from being just a random opinion you might have heard from a friend, to the political issue it is today.

Coming up, we need a sustained effort to keep building the momentum. I hope you can help us make a difference.

There are two events in March. One of them is in Abbotsford, the other is in Vancouver.

Event 1

 

Friends of Rail for the Valley ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Tuesday, March 16, 7:00pm
Abbotsford (precise location TBA)

On March 16th we will be holding our first Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Friends Of Rail For The Valley Society. Here we will discuss progress of the campaign, society details, future direction, and other related issues. This is a very important meeting for our Society.

We will also need to elect some more directors, so please consider that, and also invite anyone you think would be interested in helping out.
-Paul Gieselman (President)

Get involved in the community effort. We need your help!
There will be refreshments. Bring a friend. Membership is $10, and you can sign up at the AGM.

*Please RSVP, so we know the number of people who will be coming.*

Event 2

Rail for the Valley – LIGHT RAIL RALLY & RIDE – Granville Island, Vancouver

Saturday, March 20, 2:00pm (first day of Spring)
Meet at the Granville Island Olympic Line Station
More details to come

This is your chance to experience Vancouver’s state-of-the-art 2010 Streetcar while it’s still in operation. (Rides are free!)

Some background (From the Province)
Streetcar named desire shows transit future (The Province, Feb. 28, 2010)

“It’s a tiny 1.8-kilometre Olympic streetcar demonstration project between Granville Island and the Olympic Village that may prove to be the key transit legacy — especially south of the Fraser. The False Creek service also drew more riders than expected and, from day one, it’s been very much “a streetcar named desire” for those in the Valley who call for just such a service on the former Inter-urban rail corridor from Surrey to Chilliwack.”

Yes, Vancouver’s Olympic Streetcar Line illustrates what we can have in the Valley all the way to Chilliwack, very soon and at very low cost, using the already-existing Inter-urban rail line.

The demo project is scheduled to end on Sunday, so let’s get together and have a RALLY FROM THE VALLEY at Granville Island Station on Saturday.  (The line was so successful, that there is a small but real chance it could be made permanent. I will keep you posted.)

Take the whole family, and make it a day. After the rally, visit Granville Island on the first day of spring!

Please RSVP if you can make it. More details to follow.

CARPOOLERS: let us know if you need a carpool, or if you can carpool somebody.

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Thanks for reading!

John Buker
Rail for the Valley

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