The passenger proposal for the old Interurban Line is at best a distraction from what is really needed for Langley.
The service will never be restored because local decision-makers will never approve it.
I can’t imagine any Township mayor and council approving a passenger line from Langley City through the Township to Abbotsford that doesn’t serve any Township communities or population centres – notably Aldergrove.
My prediction is that the next rail project in the valley after the arrival of SkyTrain in Langley City, will be a line that runs out the Fraser Highway corridor through Aldergrove to Abbotsford.
Meanwhile, advocates for green transportation in Langley should be pushing for walkable communities, more rapid buses, conversion of the bus fleet to electricity or hydrogen, and more safe cycling infrastructure.
Environmentally conscious people should be actively opposing the Interurban proposal because of its encroachment on agricultural and natural areas.
But there is no need because it is not going to happen.
Bill Masse, Langley
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