City of North Vancouver, Lillooet to petition for return of rail in British Columbia

April 8, 2016

By Jeremy Shepherd / North Shore News

There’s almost 250 kilometres between them, but the City of North Vancouver and the District of Lillooet are hoping to get on the same track.Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

The two communities plan to work together to petition the provincial government to bring back passenger rail between North Vancouver and Prince George, following a council meeting Monday.

“I would love to see that,” said Mayor Darrell Mussatto.

The challenge will likely be working with CN, according to Mussatto. The national railway company owns the tracks and tends to relegate passenger rail to their lowest priority, according to the mayor.

“My understanding is that there’s a lot less freight going up and down the tracks then their used to be,” he said. “There might be an opportunity for us to have that passenger rail back again.”

It’s been nearly 14 years since the former B.C. Rail line was leased to CN, who subsequently discontinued the Budd Car, a rail car Mussatto and other skiers rode on their way to Whistler.

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