EDITORIAL: Something just may happen in next 30 years for Island rail service

‘We’ll say it again… wake us up when something actually happens’

We’ll say it again… wake us up when something actually happens.

The Island Corridor Foundation found its way back on to the news radar recently, with CEO Larry Stevenson attending Railway Days at the Parksville Museum.

Stevenson, who has repeatedly noted his desire to ‘get out there and get in front of people’ (a good thing), discussed the ongoing move to restore rail service on the Island with a federal election looming.

“It’s not going to go away no matter which government is sitting there. They’re going to have to deal with the issue. We’re now at the point where something is going to happen and I think it’s going to happen relatively soon.”

We believe it’s not going away, but forgive us for being skeptical things will happen relatively soon.

Passenger service on the old E&N passenger rail service was mothballed in 2011, due to deteriorating rail ties and a variety of other concerns.

READ MORE: Island Corridor Foundation CEO says election won’t derail service plans

We’ve said it before… eight years later and nothing. All kinds of proclamations and bureaucratic ramblings and PR splashes and nothing.

Plans to raise money and promises of conditional government funding and nothing. Town hall meetings and promises of better communication and here we are… waiting.

The province is currently undertaking an in-depth assessment of the track and bridge to determine the cost to bring the Island line back up to standard.

“After that, I think, you’re going to see a move to get it rebuilt,” said Stevenson, who added that there is strong support on the Island to bring back the rail line.

Again, forgive us if we’ve seen this type of stuff before.

“If we think we have problems today, just imagine what we’re going to have 30 years from today?” said Stevenson.

We’ve been waiting for eight years as the track deteriorates, and now it’s a 30-year discussion? Convenient?

We’re happy to agree with the notion that corridor could be an efficient transportation system. But one more time: What’s new here? How much will it cost taxpayers? Is there a new business plan? Or are we just dragging it out even further by apparently starting all over? Is it time to simply go all-in with tourism/recreation and have some unique biking trails?

The ICF, Stevenson said, is willing to work with the government and come up with a plan on what they would do for the entire Island.

Didn’t we hear this in 2012. And 2013? And 2014? And… you get the idea.

Once more, the time for a final decision on this matter was years ago.

If something actually happens, great news. We’re just not holding our breath.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Just Posted

Tour de Rock riders on bikes to race Nanaimo firefighters on old-fashioned pump car

Cops for Cancer fundraiser will happen Sept. 30 as annual fundraising ride getting underway

Victoria program inspires Polish student to create cigarette butt calculator

Warsaw civil engineering student creates cleanup counter to track efforts

Lone wolf eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island

Fun facts about Takaya the wolf, like his a 36-hour tour around Chatham, Discovery Islands

Flat tire, kindness of strangers, surprisingly inflate hope

Sooke mom and her daughters knocked on door of Bob and Norma Saunders seeking help

Editorial: Chemainus campground a case for use of discretion by ALC

It would be a different matter if the owners had bought a working, or even dormant farm

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Resident finds loaded shotgun inside a duffle bag in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

Graffiti, calls and Snapchat: RCMP probe string of threats targeting Kamloops schools

There have been nine different threats made to four different schools in the city

B.C. truck drivers to face higher fines for not using winter tire chains

As of Oct. 1, not using chains on the highway when required could net you a $598 ticket

Most Read