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Municipal politicians urged to bring streetcars back to False Creek

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Streetcars should return to False Creek, according to a local group trying to make it an election issue.

Friends of the Olympic Line is trying to convince civic parties to make the issue a priority.

Pointing out the success of temporary streetcars that ran during the 2010 Winter Olympics, Peter Finch with the group also suggests it could create jobs.

“There are a lot of jobless people in the city who would love to be able to connect with the public. We would need to train some people as operators, as well. Most of our staff would be volunteers to begin with,” he explains.

It’s not clear whether parties in next month’s election will take this too seriously.

Dale Laird, also with the group, says it’s a non-partisan issue that all parties should support. “This is owned by the people of Vancouver. This is not owned by a political party or particular group, this is ours.”

Mayor Gregor Robertson dismissed a similar idea in the last election, saying it would be too expensive.