A great proposal from our Mayor Wayne Baldwin and Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts to move the tracks. Let’s hope that they can make this happen with help from BNSF and the Federal Government. BNSF wants to build a high speed rail link between Vancouver and Seattle and this cannot happen with the current route. So there is some business sense to this proposal. Whether it happens or not. Kudo’s to the Mayors for trying to make things better for our little City by the Sea.
Surrey and White Rock plan to launch a bid to reroute the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway inland and away from the waterfront, clearing the way for a proposed public seawall on the Semiahmoo Peninsula stretching from White Rock to Tsawwassen.
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If this happens at all, this would be mostly federal dollars not local tax dollars that pay for this. Sometimes it pays to have something be in Federal Jurisdiction. Whether this happens or not, I give the Mayors full credit for proposing something healthy and long-term for the community. Our businesses and our Waterfront need revitalization, and that cannot happen with 20+ trains flying by each day or with our waterfront being held hostage by BNSF. Yes, it may never happen. But all great futures start with a vision.