"I would like to see the passenger train come back," Warner said on Tuesday after the presentation by John Haibeck, president of Whistler Railtours, at the Village Council's regular meeting.
is touring B.C. communities to gather support for a passenger service that will extend from Vancouver to Prince George with stops in Pemberton, D'Arcy
and Lillooet, beginning in the spring of 2005.
The passenger service, proposed by Whistler Railtours
in conjunction with VIA Rail Canada, CruiseShipCentres and Westjet, will replace the old B.C. Rail Cariboo Prospector service, which ceased last year, with new, high-end rail cars built in Colorado. Haibeck
said the Pemberton area will benefit greatly from the passenger service.
"We found a lot of communities along the way asking, ‘What does this do for us?'" he
s aid."We feel it will serve the needs of this area."
The daily passenger service will be a seasonal business that runs annually and fares will be reasonable, he
said. "You won't have to be wealthy tourist to be able to ride it," he said, adding that local businesses will benefit from the passengers coming to Pemberton.