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CRD Gets on Board with Lillooet in Calling For Bringing Back Passenger Rail Service

Like the City of Williams Lake, the Cariboo Regional District will be endorsing bringing back passenger rail service from North Vancouver to Prince George.

Chair Al Richmond says it’s a matter that the Board dealt with many years ago when they fought to retain the service.

“We were unfortunate at that time at not being successful. I think for a long time folks up and down the rail line from Whistler right through to Prince George have lobbied to continue the rail service or resume the rail service we used to have. It brings a really great opportunity for tourists to come and it’s been a big loss and a big impact on our resorts.”

Richmond says the Cariboo Regional District will also be writing a letter to Premier Christy Clark.

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Image Credit: Alasdair McLellan via Wikipedia.org
Image Credit: Alasdair McLellan via Wikipedia.org

Margaret Lampman, Mayor of Lillooet says she has reached out to every municipality from North Vancouver to Prince George, as well as every Regional District, First Nation communities and Tribal Councils, and MLA.

She says there a been a big void left in their small community since the service from North Vancouver to Prince George stopped in 2002.

Mayor of Williams Lake, Walt Cobb says he was the local area MLA when passenger rail service stopped in 2002.

He says at the time it was not viable for BC Rail with the province not prepared to subsidize it at any higher levels, and that ridership was less than 20%.

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