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[Rail] Commuter rail

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#3101 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 05 April 2024 - 01:52 PM

Planners gonna plan. Even when unnecessary. Otherwise they lose their job.

#3102 splashflash

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 12:28 PM

Thing is we are unique in that our largest area for new residential development is behind an impossible pinch-point. That has another, unused, artery running through it. One that has a valuable trail alongside it. One that has areas that cannot be converted to a vehicle road. A route that basically has to be run one wat at a time both ways so driving is also not an option. The only possibility is to run a tram on it. Be it with tracks or without. With parking being expensive, driving a car being a pain, the ability to surf the web while commuting.....


Since the rail corridor will now be severed at Esquimalt FN, perhaps build a toll bridge just south of the Esquimalt FN to Colwood/Langford. On the east side it could use the rail right-of-way that could provide quicker by 10 minutes access to DT Victoria from Sooke and the West Shore.

The remaining right-of-way could still provide a bus route, perhaps even a driverless one. That would especially be the case if driver fees were instead spent on "rent" across the Esquimalt FN reservation.

The Okanagan, now ahead of the Island in more than one way transportation-wise, might be developing driverless buses along it's rail trail corridor right-of-way. https://infotel.ca/i...tudied/it103842

"In 2022, the city partnered with experts from UBC Okanagan to research options for a multi-modal corridor, which would see driverless electric vehicles transporting residents along the rail trail.

"In October 2023, the research group acquired a little over $300,000 in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the non-profit national research organization Mitacs, as well as other avenues, to get started on researching the feasibility of this plan.

“"The Okanagan Rail trail is a critical infrastructure. It's a regional infrastructure that connects the region from downtown (Kelowna) to Lake Country,” Dr. Mahmudur Fatmi, associate professor in the UBCO School of Engineering, told iNFOnews.ca. “But our scope is within the city of Kelowna and if we keep the scope within the city of Kelowna it connects very critical destinations like the airport, UBC Okanagan and downtown.”

Edited by splashflash, 07 April 2024 - 12:30 PM.

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#3103 Vin

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Posted 11 April 2024 - 12:17 PM

Maybe the final nails in the coffin for rail on the E&N Corridor on the Island in the foreseeable future:attachicon.gif Langford_EandN_Land_Reversion_Discussion_(Feb_2024).jpg

Good riddance for another 50 years.

Not really.



Unclear decision continues uncertain future for Vancouver Island rail corridor



Hopefully, more parties can have better foresight to see the benefits of railway corridor preservation. If it is truly broken up by some "nations", a commuter line can still exist between Victoria right up to Duncan.

#3104 Daveyboy

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Posted 11 April 2024 - 04:27 PM

I'm hoping that the government will fund the replacement of the telegraph line that once existed between Victoria and Nanaimo.  Such a great memento of our heritage should not be allowed to disappear and think of the tourism opportunities it would bring to the area.

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