Letters to the Editor

Better uses for rail money, like buses

Providing links within and between communities (by safe, paved community trails) has huge advantages for local transport, recreation and to promote tourism.

The alternative is that, to fund a railway, we will have heavy freight traffic and all the industrial developments we currently object to, forced on us. Coal mines and clearcuts along the corridor.

There is no way to take away all the driveways and road crossings that are a reality of the rail route, so no efficient rail service is possible.

And for a single per cent of the $200 million it’s estimated the track repairs will cost, imagine how good a subsidized bus service we could have. This would have the flexibility to run where and when it is needed, unlike the current rail proposal.

A trail not only brings massive benefit, it is in preference to a horrible, expensive, impractical service that has already failed once and has no future against the reality of the route it would be running on.

Linda Graham

Qualicum Beach

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

RDN wary of tower, smart meters
Have a safe and happy Halloween in Parksville Qualicum Beach!
Ride-sharing company spooks taxi firms
Family Day boasts flurry of fun across Capital Region
Wheels in motion
Point of prevention
Water chlorination in effect for part of North Cowichan
Students want heaping platters of pasta to aid food bank
The Week — Oct. 27

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 30 edition online now. Browse the archives.