The following is another letter published in the Chilliwack progress supporting a ‘rail’ connection from Chilliwack to Vancouver.
Integrated transit solutions needed
Published: April 13, 2010 12:00 PM
As a student I am concerned about how politicians are not looking towards our future. There is no alternative to getting in and out of cities such as Abbotsford and Chilliwack without the use of a car. This needs to change.
A light rail needs to be added between Chilliwack and Vancouver. Putting in this railway would cost far less than it is costing to widen the Port Mann Bridge, which is seen as a necessity. This railway would provide far more job opportunities for people who either do not have a car, or cannot afford the price of gas. They would be able to get city jobs as it allows easy commuting.
As many people in the past have pointed out, building more roads does not cut down congestion. It does not work now, and it never has. There needs to be an alternate way to get around. By having a railway, not only would it reduce congestion on the roads, it would also drastically reduce pollutants.
Many people nowadays are complaining about the prices of gas. Electric cars may help reduce greenhouse gases, but won’t help with the road congestion. By installing a railway, gas wouldn’t be needed as much or as often.
There really needs to be a change in the Transit System. This railway from Chilliwack to Vancouver via Abbotsford Airport would offer a real integrated transport solution and politicians need to realize this.