Business plan key to future of rail on Vancouver Island
To the Editor,
Is the Island corridor one of hope, or a corridor that leads to a mound of debt?
Perhaps a new perspective needs to be applied.
Can a traditional railway work here on Vancouver Island? Can a sustainable commuter service be established?
I think not. At least not in the traditional sense.
We must think of the corridor as a transportation corridor, not as just a railway.
Let’s get rid of Via Rail and most of the heavy rail freight and go for some light-weight, efficient and timely transport.
Look at the Island food distributors that run more than 100 tractor-trailer units on our highways every day. The corridor could offer them a more timely, cost effective, efficient alternative to the present system.
Those same light-freight units moving our groceries could also carry passengers.
Before we put too much more money into the Island Corridor Foundation, we need to get a good business plan.
Maybe then we can save the corridor from dissolution and the resulting costs.