LOWER CONTINENTAL (NEWS 1130) – The world's first hydrogen powered passenger train entered Germany last year and now there is an effort to bring one to connect Chilliwack and Surrey.
Former Langley Township Mayor Rick Green said putting a train on the existing long-distance line would be an affordable way to get people to move between the communities of South Fraser.
"Here, we have a free corridor linking 16 communities, connects 14 post-secondary institutions, Abbotsford Airport, industrial parks – I can continue and continue. South of the river, we simply do not have a transportation option. "
Green says using the 99-kilometer line would be an inexpensive way to ease traffic in South Fraser communities.
"We find it very sad that we have a publicly owned hallway that protects passengers – and is not being used. We're still talking about SkyTrain technology and $ 157 million per kilometer, which is simply scandalous. "
He believes a train would take up to 200 cars from the Hwy. 1. "If you are stopped on the road, there is nowhere to go. There is absolutely no place for you to go. You can not go through another community or neighborhood, like in an urban community. You're stuck. It's a very, very serious problem.
Green and the South Fraser Community Rail have launched the idea for local communities and are hoping to reach TransLink's Mayors Council in the coming months.