LETTERS: Alternate route for trains already tracked

Editor:

I have had the pleasure of being a director of two associations regarding the BNSF. One of them is Communities and Coal and the other is Smartrail. As one of the letters to the editor said, congratulations to Paula Williams for helping cancel the coal transfer or possible terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks.

In the same paper there was an article about the trains stopped at the entrances to Crescent Beach, blocking traffic for periods of time, and comments about re-positioning the track to other locations, with Eric Seiz and others talking about incidents especially with landslides.

Well, Smartrail has been around for a long time with continually working on a new location for the tracks. At the helm of Smartrail is Ken Jones, past MLA. Apparently back in about 2003, the City of Surrey allocated, I think, about $300,000 towards a study on a new route.

They are now talking about releasing another $300,000 for the same thing. All they have to do is ask Ken Jones and all the people he has approached or got involved in these things over the years.

Save a bundle of money and get the information from the horse’s mouth. We already have a new route figured out going back many years.

The biggest problem now is preserving that route from developers filling it in and causing a lot more money in the future buying those people out.

Brian Lauder, Surrey

Just Posted

Surrey’s truck survey closes Sunday

‘Sustainable solutions for authorized commercial truck parking’ sought

WATCH: Langley Glow events denied permission to run

Darvonda Nurseries received a notice from the ALC on March 5.

South Surrey firefighters rescue cat from tree

The cat ‘got himself a little too high for comfort’

Sunny’s Bridal in Surrey to showcase at Vancouver Fashion Week

Business got its start in south Vancouver in the 1990s

Surrey forensic nurse says vote Early, vote often

If Sheila Early wins YWCA award, Scotiabank will donate $10K to violence prevention services program for women

After mosque attacks, New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns

The gunman killed 50 in a Christchurch mosque

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

North Delta happenings: week of March 21

Events, courses and clubs listings for North Delta

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Baby left alone in vehicle in Walmart parking lot

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

Nowhere to grieve: How homeless people deal with loss during the opioid crisis

Abbotsford homeless advocate says grief has distinct challenges for those living on the streets

ICBC shifts to Alberta model, with higher rates, private insurers say

B.C. public insurance includes funding enforcement, driver licensing

Most Read

l -->