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Train station resolution on track

The Amtrak Cascades passenger train from Seattle passes through White Rock
The Amtrak Cascades passenger train from Seattle passes through White Rock's East Beach Sunday morning (April 8) on its way to the Vancouver terminal.
— image credit: Dan Ferguson photo

White Rock will consider penning its support for saving a century-old train station in Blaine, Wash.

Coun. Grant Meyer gave notice last week of his intent to ask council to send a letter to BNSF Railway outlining support for the City of Blaine’s efforts to revive the station as a stop on the Vancouver-to-Seattle Amtrak service.

BNSF Railway, owner of the border town’s dilapidated station, has applied for permission to demolish the old wooden building – located just south of the Peace Arch – but the City of Blaine has delayed a final decision on the tear-down to allow time for a review of its historical significance.

Meyer was among Surrey and White Rock politicians to cross the border March 26 to back the campaign.

In presenting his notice of motion April 2, Meyer said he believes the proposed stop “could be the station that we tried to get in White Rock.”

White Rock officials announced last June that efforts to have the Amtrak passenger train make scheduled stops along the waterfront had been abandoned for “the foreseeable future.”

Meyer said Monday a Blaine stop “could be the answer to serve the whole region, the whole South Fraser.”

Council is expected to debate the motion April 16.

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