Petition to Local / BC Provincial / Canadian Federal Government Representatives

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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4,910 Comments

THOMAS KOWALCHUK
THOMAS KOWALCHUK

We need Rail — Freight Train at night — Commuter Train in the Day.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I AM SIGNING UP TO SUPPORT A MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WAY TO COMMUTE.

Aunjali Masone
Aunjali Masone

I truly believe in this mode of transportation. Two rails all day.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I go to victoria often and a train would make the trip much easier.

Deborah Bissoondatt
Deborah Bissoondatt

It is a needed service

Penny Boden
Penny Boden

This is a great way to reduce vehicle traffic, accidents, and pollution. I’d love to take the train up and down island and I’m sure I’d use it a LOT!

Janis Beecroft
Janis Beecroft

The highway on the island is overcrowded I used to love the scenery on the train

Gagnon
Gagnon

Suburb train is the only solution, any other city will show that, wake up.!..

David Mayzes
David Mayzes

As long as the line is managed properly and not simply for an overpriced tourist gouge, it is advantageous to bring even little VI up to European standards of travel.

Barbara MacLellan
Barbara MacLellan

It makes sense to use railway right of ways in this country for rail travel. It makes sense environmentally and has many other benefits. I love my EV but we are too wedded to the individual automobile.

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