The Mayor of Lillooet is hoping of the City of Williams Lake will get on board in support of bringing back passenger rail service from North Vancouver to Prince George.
Margaret Lampman, says there has been a big void left socially in their small community since 2002 when the service stopped.
“We have no bus service here and if you don’t have a vehicle to get out of town, you don’t get of town. So the passenger rail service was a vital link for people who needed to go down to Vancouver for medical and social reasons.”
Lampman says the cease of passenger rail has also economically impacted their community.
“They used to stop here for 3 hours, 3 times a weeks which was a big boost for our small business community and helped carry them the winter with some much needed dollars.”
Lampman says she has reached out to every municipality from North Vancouver to Prince George, as well as every Regional District, First Nation community and Tribal Council, and MLA.
She says although she does not exactly know what the likelihood of the service being reinstated is, she is trying to bring awareness.
“We have the BC Government wanting to do more for climate change and this a excellent way of doing it, as well as giving all of B.C from North Vancouver to Prince a way of connecting…”
Williams Lake City Council will be discussing Lampman’s request support to reinstate passenger rail service at tonight’s Committee of the Whole Meeting starting at 6 pm.