Attract people with trails, not rails

I found it strange that Stewart compared the Island to Seattle or Vancouver and Calgary with its thousands of commuters every day.

Re: Roy Stewart’s letter to the editor in the Jan. 6 edition of The NEWS.

I found it very strange that Stewart compared Vancouver Island to Seattle or Vancouver and Calgary with its thousands and thousands of commuters every day.

Has Stewart any idea how few commuters there are on the Island that would use the train? How would anybody get from the train station to where they have to be?

The idea of passenger trains has long passed on Vancouver Island. There are concerns that the railroad will be used to transport coal from re-opened mines on the Island and that is the last thing we need here.

Just look at the Galloping Goose trail and many like it in Canada. This is where the future lies: a trail that can be used for hikers and bicyclists is the only logical option.

If the right kind of marketing is done, we will attract large numbers of tourists from all over the world and Vancouver Island will truly become an international destination.

Roelof ElzingaQualicum Beach

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