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Bring back Vancouver Island Rail Service

Bring back Vancouver Island Rail Service
Economic in CRD, BC, CA
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Let's get Island Rail 'Back On Track'

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.

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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Local / BC Provincial / Canadian Federal Government Representatives

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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7,699 Comments

EJ McGann
EJ McGann

We must combat climate catastrophe in every way we can. More transit and fewer cars is an important step.

Joseph Schulze
Joseph Schulze

Restoring rail service to the island is simply a no-brainer.

Jonathan Stoppi
Jonathan Stoppi

It’s ludicrous that we have a track that isn’t being used. A functioning commuter train along the VITCC would transform housing and the economy along the entire route to Campbell River, and potentially beyond.

Anonymous
Anonymous

As a person with a disability, I cannot drive and therefore it’s so hard for me to get around.

Jascha Mager
Jascha Mager

A Rail would help my Partner get to VIU

Nico Loomis
Nico Loomis

trains would be a massive asset for the public transit infrastructure of the island. also, i love me a good train

Anonymous
Anonymous

I am originally from the UK and know the wonderful benefits of train travel, the comfort the safety and the reduction in road chaos. The train is needed and should be restored and used. It’s will only add to the charm of the island.

Kearney
Kearney

I need a safer way to get to Victoria and Nanaimo for appointments. Grandson in Campbell River.

Jacalin Jefferson
Jacalin Jefferson

We desperately need our railway! It’s value is beyond measure!

Tiago
Tiago

Ok!!!!

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