Hi BNSF Relocation Subscribers … :

We again bring you good news about the BNSF Rail Safety and Relocation efforts, albeit in a slower Covid-19 environment being experienced by all … in this newsletter, we will hopefully portray to you where we are now in this initiative, where we believe we are going in 2021, then outline another rail derailment nearby, and finally provide some peripheral news about high speed rail projects … :

WHERE we ARE now … :
  • We have built a collaborative ‘expanded mayor group’ that includes all levels of government including SFN, all committed to working towards political action on both safety and relocation [July 11th newsletter].
  • We have talked directly with Mayor Doug of Surrey last October 6th with the idea of him and the City of Surrey taking a leadership role on this initiative … this would involve some sort of governance model that all could contribute to and communicate with … he has fortunately expressed his sincere commitment to this initiative but finds that present ongoing Surrey projects prevent him from engaging heavily at this time … he suggests he may well commit to taking on this role sometime in 2021, with the concurrence of the other political participants, which is just fine with us as advocates … if we may note, in one of our ‘group’ meetings, it was discussed how political efforts in the past 6 years have been fragmented and un-coordinated … now we have cooperation, collaboration, concurrence, commitment, communication, determination, patience, and hopefully soon, vision … between all participants, we have them all now, and we will use them all to the best of our abilities in 2021.
  • We have agreed to review each of our positions after the BC Election, and to consider another ‘group’ meeting [the 4th] in late November of this year 2020.
  • We continue to engage Port Metro to become part of our collaborative group … they promise a ‘web’ meeting this Fall and we continue hopeful.
WHERE we would like TO GO In 2021 … :
  • Confirm a leadership commitment from Mayor Doug and the City of Surrey, and name contributing members.
  • Advocate for the creation of a governance and communication group to pilot this initiative into the future.
  • Maintain continued commitment from political participants to date, and bring Port Metro firmly into the fold.
  • Advance on engineering studies, economic analyses, urban/transportation plans, etc, all as outlined on card #12 of our website … www.railrelocation.ca
  • Pay attention to, and take appropriate action, towards all short to medium term safety issues as outlined below.
    One recently … then then a look back to those from the past … :
    • Sept 2020 near Hope BC .. 60 cars and a massive pile up … Link Here
    • Our featured RD’s from recent past … Elmo ON [31 cars], Kingston ON [8 cars], Giscome BC [20 cars], Irvine AB [12 cars], Guernsey [34 cars], Barons AB [21 cars].
    • From Jan 2020 … Report with great pictorials/graphs … Link Here
    • From Feb 2019 … Field BC … 90+cars … see … Link Here
    • From July 2019 … NYT’s article re Canada … see … Link Here
    • From July 2013 … Lac Megantic QUE … TSB report see … Link Here
    • From 1979 … Mississauga ONT … Link Here
    • From 1946 … Crescent Beach BC … lots of cars on the beach … see bottom of … Link Here
    Other HIGH-SPEED RAIL proposals … :
    • Cascadian Innovation Corridor initiative … well organized and gaining momentum … Portland to Vancouver … see Link Here … note the co-chairs both US and Canadian, and note a recent and excellent webinar … register for future ones if you are interested!
    • Advocacy group recently proposes High-Speed Rail from Whistler to the LM and out to Chilliwack … see … Link Here
    • Proposed High-speed rail Toronto to Montreal … see … Link Here
    • And across the US, a high energy advocacy group proposing many new routes … see … Link Here … note Canadian contributors as well as US! … register for future webinars if you like!
    • Our RR integration with high-speed rail from Portland-Settle is outlined on card #8 of our website … www.railrelocation.ca
    WHAT can you DO? … :
    • As newsletter subscribers, and hopefully engaged citizens, you are the ‘bottom-up’ energizers for our BNSF Rail Safety and Relocation initiative.
    • The political participants, talked about above, and outlined below, are the ‘top-down’ energizers for our BNSF Rail Safety and Relocation initiative.
    • As advocates, we are to date the connectors, the information sharers, the website gurus, and at a later date, possibly knowledgeable contributors.
    • Whereas we have acted on the suggestion from Mayor Doug of Surrey, that we continue to interact with each other in raising public awareness and media attention, the above message has now gone out to all political participants [as outlined below], and we ask that you also do you part.
    • PLEASE … spread the message among friends and associates … create short opinion pieces for the PA News … write to your local politicians to show your support!
    FYI - Stakeholder Participants to date … ALL levels of government … Representatives of Federal, Provincial, both Cities, SFN, plus Trans Cons and co-advocates

    FYI - Identified Safety Aspects that need attention in the short to medium term … :
    Finally … a ‘Community Connections’ YouTube interview by former MLA/MP Gordie Hogg … now on the website … Link Here ... If you prefer audio-visual rather than written and visual, this may be for you!
    ENJOY this newsletter!
    Advocates for BNSF Rail Relocation.
    Craig E Harrold, Administrator