Rail service remains a great idea

Re: ‘Don’t waste millions on rail service’ (Letters, PQB News, Jan. 22)

Those who think rail is not appropriate on the Island now or ever, should remove their tunnel vision and look at the big picture to the future — to the next generations on the East Island who will live in a much-expanded population. Although the costs to restore tracks and bridges will be in the millions now, delaying the work will dramatically increase costs.

If rail fails now, the corridor should never be forfeited for other uses and covered over, but remain intact for perpetuity. As for walking/cycling trails proposed, put them alongside the corridor in more populated areas where people/families are more likely to use them and facilities are available. As for the remaining corridor’s desolation, 99% of the population won’t ride or walk alongside it.

If rail wins now — departure and arrival times will need discussion. Getting to/from rail stations at either end of the line won’t be an issue; a terminal in Victoria on Esquimalt Rd by the Bridge will allow a 15-minute walk into town, or convenient public transit to the core and elsewhere.

Those familiar with sleepy Sooke and the Western communities short years ago, now observing population growth and traffic there, can envision how we will follow suit, inevitably. Population on the East Island continues to explode with new subdivisions everywhere and increased traffic.

The rail corridor between Victoria and elsewhere needs rapid transit. Yes, many of us here are clamouring for rail service as an alternative to highways. Sooner or later, it will happen.

May future residents and our descendants not have cause to blame us for being shortsighted, knowing that we could/should have restored rail ‘years ago’ when the cost was ‘only’ millions of dollars.

We truly are asleep and dreaming if we think rail service is a bad idea and not a great one.

Pam Bates

Qualicum Beach

Just Posted

Coombs farm auction returns April 28

CFI hosts 41st annual auction

Ballenas grad to perform opera and art songs in Parksville to fund Prague trip

UBC music student Juliana Cook was asked to study and sing in the Czech Republic

Qualicum Beach versus Parksville – who wins?

Councils could take part in first-ever lawn bowling challenge

Ravensong Waterdancers to get you in sync

Teams will perform 12 routines at watershow on April 28

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

BC Ferries faced with heavy traffic on Easter Monday

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 staws each year

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Deadly synthetic drug found in Kamloops that puts users in ‘zombielike’ state

Interior Health warning says substance causes ‘speedy, trippy-like symptoms’ and hallucinations

Trudeau to be portrayed on ‘Simpsons’ episode

Toronto journalist who’s posted videos of himself doing impressions of the PM voiced him for the show

Elizabeth May’s wedding dress a ‘walk through a garden’ on Earth Day

Green Party leader set to get married in Victoria

Campbell River RCMP say alcohol and speed may be factors in collision

Woman injured after driver ran into her car on Highway 19A, says fire captain

Most Read