Return of rail not just a fantasy

To Robin Dixon and others who are negative re: a railway. (Letters, PQB News, Sept. 19)

The railway shut down years ago because the national railway company lost the will to maintain and run a railroad.

Now, with concerns about the climate and cost of building roads, why not rail? No one thought about transit years ago, everything was cars. Well, times are changing. We have to find another plan for transportation that won’t have thousands more individual cars on the highway.

The number of closures of Highway 19, especially around Victoria, every year are insanity. With an aging population and the fact that much of our specialty health care and doctors are in Victoria, vans and cars running from as far away as Campbell River are just foolish.

Miss an appointment because of road closures and it takes a long time to rebook – serious stuff. And not just for health care, tourism from Island residents would increase if we could avoid the mess on Victoria’s streets.

The fantasy is using this land for anything else, such as bike trails, for a select few.

Norma Reimer

Parksville

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