Price tag for railbed trail erroneously inflated

Re: RDN favours group’s plan to turn railway into a recreational trail (The NEWS, April 18).

We do appreciate your write-up for FORT-VI, “RDN favours group’s plan to turn railway into a recreational trail” but are very concerned about the $105 million cost figure as it was given in the wrong context. That figure refers to ICF’S 2008 capital improvements estimate to upgrade the rail from Victoria to Courtney and over to Alberni over five years — not the trail cost.

We are currently working on realistic cost estimates which will soon be available on our website. We encourage people to visit our website at www.fortvi.ca to see what we are all about.

Les Andersen

Friends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Island

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