Nanaimo should board the train

When I read the new Master Transportation Plan, I was amazed that there was no mention of our train tracks.

To the Editor,

Re: Train attraction proposed to lure cruise tourists, June 19.

When I read the new Master Transportation Plan for the next 25 years as presented to the city council in May, I was amazed that there was no mention of one mode of transportation that runs through our city – our train tracks. Train transportation is the least polluting of all the suggestions and it is able to move people faster than bikes and buses.

To my surprise, there are learned men who see and

know our rail line has great possibilities and are ready to put their plans in place.

Southern Railway of Vancouver Island has given me  faith again that there are far-sighted people here in Nanaimo who see the great future for our rail line.

Helen HunterNanaimo

 

To the Editor,

Re: Train attraction proposed to lure cruise tourists, June 19.

Although I admire Southern Railway’s enthusiasm, I do have a few questions, the most obvious is what will the train crews be doing between cruise ship arrivals (two so far this year), and will they be given paycheques whilst awaiting the next boatload of potential train riders to arrive? It would seem a bit unprofitable to spend time awaiting potential customers who may or may not arrive while paying all the expenses of a business. Personally I would like to see some concrete plans and a method of funding before I become excited and optimistic.

The Nanaimo Port Authority seems to think it will get the port noticed. Considering the cobwebs on the cruise ship dock I have some reservations in that area.

With all the unnecessary expenses our local government has put us through the last few years I sincerely hope they don’t jump into this one with both feet. They may think I have deep pockets but I beg to differ.

Rod HancockNanaimo

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