LETTER: Rail corridor an important part of Island’s future

LETTER: Rail corridor an important part of Island’s future

Congratulations to the Island Corridor Foundation for their vision and support of alternate forms of transportation to the automobile.

Since the ICF was first conceived in 2003, I believe the fact that is still functioning after 17 years and continuing to look to the future transportation needs of Vancouver Island is a testament to the commitment of the ICF society.

As a person who was born and raised on Vancouver Island, I have seen many changes in the last 60 years. I personally believe that the true value of the ICF is E&N corridor from Esquimalt to Courtenay and Port Alberni. As we look back at the past, observe the present and plan for the future this rail corridor will continue be part of our society’s transportation infrastructure.

I believe that it is now time to move forward with the basic redevelopment of the rail corridor. We have a growing population base, yes, your friends are still coming.

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As a young person a family friend once said that it would be houses from Victoria to Campbell River and now his words are true, other than a few small gaps there are houses all the way.

We all like options, just look at what is available on the menus of restaurants, car dealerships, why not transportation? As with the West Coast Express, and Skytrain in a few years we will wonder how we lived without these rail transportation services.

I am pleased that the Regional District of Nanaimo has called for an integrated study into the transportation needs on Vancouver Island. I am sure that the E&N rail corridor will play an important role in this study.

Joseph A Skipsey

Nanoose Bay

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