Opinion

Bring back Island’s neglected railway

To the Editor,

There is a lot of talk about going green, global warming, ice caps melting and rising sea levels.

At the same time we are investing millions, if not billions of dollars, to improve and widen roads and bridges so we can accommodate even more vehicles.

Aren’t vehicles the very thing that contribute to the before mentioned problems? Instead, we should be investing in modes of transportations that are green, like trains.

Here on Vancouver Island we have the fantastic opportunity to bring a railway back to life that has been neglected for decades.

The whole infrastructure is already in place.

It’s almost certain that the cost of energy is going up over the coming years and owning a vehicle will get more expensive.

An improved train system would be good for commuting, tourism and business.

Anyone in doubt should drive to Victoria in the morning and experience the ‘Colwood Crawl’ and then try and imagine what it will be like in 10 years.

Let’s look into the future and support this train before it’s too late.

Ambrose Knobel

Nanaimo

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