South Fraser Community RAIL

An environmentally friendly hydrogen powered passenger train connecting the Pattullo Bridge in Surrey to Chilliwack

Express Buses NOT the answer to Inter-Regional Transit

Let’s be factual and honest with the public:

An Express Bus is not a real Inter-regional transit solution.

Just as Mayors, Councillors, MLAs and MPs past and present have promised Highway widening to their constituents, they have implemented the Express Bus on Highway #1, as if what they propose is a viable transit solution for the entire Fraser Valley.

Unfortunately, as common sense will tell you, the Express Bus gets caught up in the same daily congestion that we are trying to mitigate. This post will show visuals of what that looks like numerous times each day.

Express Buses on Highway #1 are simply not the answer to a crisis situation.

Remember – the idea of Highway widening being some kind of panacea is NOT reality! It will take 30 years at best, and by the time we are finished traffic will be worse than it is today – The Facts!

  • Distance, Langley to Chilliwack is 56 kms @ 3.25 kms per 2 years equates to finishing an HOV lane each way by 2051, over 30 years from now!
  • The exponential increase in growth and traffic will out strip the benefits of widening three times what it is today
  • The above projection assumes that all Provincial, Federal, and Municipal budgets align annually, and that planning would start now and not stop until finished.
  • Estimated total cost of widening in 2018 dollars is over $1.2 Billion, and it will NOT solve our problem!

Do you want to continue to put up with this?

Highway 1 today

Stalls and/or Accidents, 4 – 5 times a day,
frequently causing 3 to 4-hour commute times!

OR have the option of NEW Hydrail Service:

Alstom Coradia iLint

Some Hydrail Facts: 

  • 1,000 Kms per refuel
  • 15 minutes to fill a tank
  • Up to 300 passengers per train
  • The COMPLETE Green Alternative to heavy polluting diesel
  • Emissions Free
  • Perfect case, showing leadership with CleanBC, Provincial legislation
  • Incredibly quiet service
  • 30 minutes from Langley City to Pattullo Bridge, or less
  • 30 minutes from City of Abbotsford to Langley City or less
  • 45 minutes from City of Abbotsford to Newton, or less
  • 90 minutes travel time from Pattullo Bridge to Chilliwack, or less

The Interurban Corridor holds the Solution

The 99 KM Rail Corridor, protected for passenger use, at no cost for its use, serves 16 Communities, 14 Post Secondary Institutions, Fraser Valley First Nations, Tourism, Agi-Tourism, and more.

Despite the fact Hydrail on the Interurban is a perfect environmentally friendly CleanBC solution, there is simply no other reasonable and affordable option that provides access to affordable housing and supports an improved quality of family life.

Interurban Passenger Rail is the common sense 99 KM inter-regional transit SOLUTION for 1.2 million residents South of the Fraser.