Petition to BC Provincial Government

Bring back Vancouver Island Rail Service

Bring back Vancouver Island Rail Service
Economic in CRD, BC, CA
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We need your help!

The Vancouver Island Transportation Corridor Coalition (VITCC) is focused on its stated mandate to facilitate restoration, revitalization, and enhancement of all rail infrastructure on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, as the core infrastructure of a future transportation system to move people and freight

Our position is that Vancouver Island cannot sustain itself without key infrastructure and that plight is being ignored. Every year traffic grows worse as more people move to our island and the current approach of building more roads only leads to more GHG emissions. Vancouver Island needs a better long-term transportation strategy.

Rail can move people and goods much more efficiently than vehicles. Commuter rail between the Westhills area and downtown Victoria alone could take tens of thousands of cars off the road, ensuring our highways also remain viable transportation options. All major cities worldwide eventually have had to adopt rail. The costs of retrofitting rail into an existing city is VERY expensive, as Vancouver recently found out. We already have an uninterrupted and continuous nearly 300km corridor already intact! This piece of land is an Island asset we cannot afford to lose or replace. It exists, let's use it!

Victoria is blessed to have not one, but two existing rail right-of-ways. One is and shall remain a human corridor for people. The former E+N (now officially named the "Island Rail Corridor") has already been transformed into a hybrid system with over 100 kilometers of parallel rails-with-trails to facilitate the integration of other forms of transportation.

VITCC envisions an outcome with rail as the backbone of a system that integrates with ALL other forms of transportation. Rail, cycling, buses, taxis, airports, and ferries are just a few of the interlinked transportation options that can integrate and work together as a functional transportation network.

How can you help?

  1. Please sign this petition - Every individual's help will go a long way to providing momentum with the media, politicians, and the various stakeholders within the Vancouver Island corridor.

  2. Share this petition - You can use this link to include in Emails, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc: https://bit.ly/32z5VpE

  3. Get Involved - Sign up as a member of the VITCC at https://www.vitcc.ca/

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Letter to
BC Provincial Government

We request that the Provincial Government recognize the signatories of this campaign and all stakeholders that will benefit from reinstating Rail service throughout the Island corridor.

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536 Comments

Cristina Hawkins
Cristina Hawkins

Ive always wanted to ride the train and never got the chance. If its reinstated I would love to use it!

Derek O'Callaghan
Derek O'Callaghan

I believe a rail system on the Island just makes sense.

Karen Felker
Karen Felker

We have the infrastructure, let’s use it and get vehicles off the road and people another option for commuting.

Mary McQueen
Mary McQueen

Abandoning a bona fide railway is very foolish and short sighted, we don’t know what the future holds and railways are always good

Angeline Street
Angeline Street

I want rail reinstated!!

Lisa Christensen
Lisa Christensen

I believe it is very important to save this Infrastructure and restore its use for tourism and shipping needs. It would also benefit the environment.

Stephanie Plant
Stephanie Plant

It makes sense & is an obvious solution to transportation issues on southern Vancouver Island

Gini Walsh
Gini Walsh

Getting rail travel back on track makes huge environmental sense. There should be passenger cars as well as a few car carrier cars so people can take the train up to Courtney or even Campbell River and then have transportation while there.

Tammy Brown
Tammy Brown

I love watching the trains,having another option to get from A to B on the island is a good idea, I used to live in Langford and travelled into town for work.

Leon Rushton
Leon Rushton

I fully support a rail system on VI

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