Sorry are there cities in N.A. the size of greater Victoria that have LRT or commuter rail? I just can't see affording something like this. The current rail line couldn't really be used as it's too narrow in many places. Would you have trains waiting for others to pass each other? Would you build one line right above the other? Is this really feasible financially? Will rides be $40-$50 each way? Hate to be a downer on this one but I won't see this in my life-time I don't think.
Why is North America the benchmark here?
Just got back from a regional city in Norway - Trondheim - population 190K.
The city centre is in a valley with a fjord on one side so has the same problem as we do with limited access points into the city centre.
They have a decent bus system, mostly operated by articulated busses and even some "super busses" with two joints that run up to every 5 minutes on peak routes:
They also have an older electric tram line that runs on tracks through the city centre and then moves to a dedicated right of way outside of downtown with limited stations. It's single track for most of the way, but has the occasional passing track every few stations. Service was every 15 minutes but it looked like it could be run more frequently as we didn't pass another tram at each passing track. Something like this could relatively easily be implemented along the existing E&N right of way, with either a hybrid system that allows the vehicle to drive into downtown on the street for a loop before returning to the tracks or lay tracks down the road across wharf, Fort, Douglas & Pandora.
It's not out of the question.