Jun 27 2012, 11:33 AM
It if were not for the two-tiered US customs inspection (pre-clearance in Vancouver plus a stop at the border anyway), I'd say Blaine should be a stop. But having it as a stop will only ensure that Customs continues to handle their duties in this manner since they would be able to say that the train is stopping there anyhow.
As the article mentions, not only would Blaine benefit from a new station, but also the southern BC communities that are closer to there than Vancouver. Unfortunately with this being a US train, they cannot stop in Canada; it does look like White Rock is a large enough community on its own to support a station.
Also brought up is a third frequency, which would IMO be a huge success because the current trains either leave Seattle or Vancouver early in the morning, or arrive in those cities very late. I could easily see either Trains 507 or 509 originating in Vancouver, or Trains 500 or 506 terminating there. The problem will lie in finding space in the Vancouver station's secure area for 2 US trains to be in town at the same time.