Rail is a much-needed option for travel up and down the Island, says letter writer. (News Bulletin file photo)

Rail is a much-needed option for travel up and down the Island, says letter writer. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Failing to invest in rail would be regrettable

Government’s lack of interest in maintaining and utilizing the tracks is baffling, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: The time is right for investment in light rail line, Letters, Oct. 27.

I agree with this letter writer 100 per cent. I used to ride that train – it was the best way to get up and down the Island, period – and ever since it was cancelled, I have questioned what this government is thinking on transportation agendas. Millions are spent every year on our one and only highway and the disastrous road they call the Malahat. This all seems to be for naught.

There are little to no other options to travel the Island. This train had ridership. What it did not have is maintenance and government funding necessary to upgrade and stay operating. Look at population and demand, then to now. What part are they missing?

This is one of those things that once it is completely gone, everyone will question, why on Earth did we not invest in that train for Island transportation solutions?

Absolutely baffling.

G.W. Henderson, Nanaimo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It’s Island’s turn for investment in light rail


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