Using ARCGIS's Ocean basemap I added Vancouver Island's census population overlay and the overlay for Canada's railways. I then used the measuring tool to see how far 5km is from the centre of the tracks.
I have always talked about our population being laid out on "thick shoestrings" so I expanded the thickness of the path the railway follows to line up with that measurement.
Hopefully you can see that if everyone in the Vancouver Island region used it just once, we would have a ridership of over 900,000. That's just once!
Sign the petition to support Restoring Island Rail, because once it's gone it's gone for good, and so is our chance of having intercity rail on the island in the future.
The B.C. Government released a Freight assessment conducted with Vancouver Island and Vancouver businesses. Benefits for both Vancouver Island and Vancouver were found!
Read the Freight report here:
Key points are:
Primary Study Findings
• There are many opportunities for freight rail traffic on Vancouver Island that could be realized with significantly less investment than previous studies have identified.
• These opportunities would shift many truck trips to rail, both on Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland, providing a range of benefits. • Developing a rail connection to Duke Point would provide synergetic benefits for the area and the Island Rail Corridor.
• Stakeholders agreed that maintaining the Island Rail Corridor is important to the overall resiliency of the Island, given its limited highway network
Freighters are restricted in the Georgia Strait to 2 weeks or they have to be redirected elsewhere, like Port Alberni. And now they are moving to charge a transit fee to freighters moving through Juan-de-Fuca as well.
Meanwhile we have a railway that connects Port Alberni and Nanaimo where, at Wellcox yard, Seaspan Rail Ferry and Barge terminal already brings propane and other commodities to the island and in the Freight analysis they recommended an extension out to Duke point where DP Nanaimo's
With 7610 Grass roots signatures, Alistair MacGregor fulfilled his promise to table the petition in Parliament 7 Feb 2024.
The Petition will get certified and presented to the House of Commons.
I will update on progress through the Change Org Petition https://chng.it/HTPJ25CqPr
Listen to the CHLY Nanaimo interview about the railway. https://www.chly.ca/midcoastmorning/duncanstick-b44jh
It is as simple as it gets! This mockup of stops was created with the help of hundreds of people talking to me about their experiences on the Dayliner, a 56 year old Budd Car Train that used to run a tourist attraction running opposite to commuting needs until 2011 when it was shut down due to track conditions.
There are over 180,000 more people living on Vancouver Island since the passenger services shut down, they could hold hands along the entire 289km of rail.
Travel is a time-stealer, but not if you can recover that time.
If you are travelling from:
- Port Alberni to Parksville,
- Victoria to Courtenay,
- Courtenay to Victoria,
- Parksville to Port Alberni,
and anywhere in between, you could be sitting at a desk or using a seat tray remote working uninterrupted for your entire trip.
Connected by Wi-Fi, the time gets returned to you.
A train is much smoother than a bus or any other road based vehicle because it runs on engineered tracks instead of beaten down roads. If the rails are continuous weld, it's even smoother and quieter aboard and adjacent to the tracks.
You could be:
- Staring out the window at the beautiful scenery, or taking photos and videos.
- Playing your favorite game on the way.
- Talking to friends and family over Facetime or other Video chat systems.
- Managing your side Hussle.
- Going over your travel savings.
During the slow hours, you could be
- Yoga or Stretching
- So many other things!
In person, or over Satellite Wi-Fi, the Vancouver Island Railway would recover time, enable opportunities, and provide time to do whatever you would do.
Imagine an intercity
right of passage train that
gets you to work, school, or appointments on time, and
home for dinner!
Could it get your kids and you
to sports and leisure facilities
up and down the island
only $200 per month
fully integrated with
other transit systems!
It's like another road,
but called rail!
We can't keep procrastinating on Climate action.
Establishing Rapid Transit is
older polluting cars off the road
and creates the opportunity for
High Impact Electrification
More Climate Action!
To make the BEST use of this
Vancouver Island Treasure
and take some real climate action!
Protect the 289km, pre-graded,
Vancouver Island Rail Corridor!
Create inexpensive access to cheaper living areas for struggling Vancouver Islander's, create the potential for high-impact electrification and the prevention of environmental damage in the future by preventing the need to create new or expanded highways due to population growth.
And everyone has felt it!
Your paycheck doesn't go as far
so you take fewer Sunday Drives,
buy less food,
forgo the car repairs,
Business costs are rising
sales are slow
so retail prices get raised
Life costs more...
Your paycheck doesn't go as far
And round and round we go!
I have no team, it's just me.
but lots of other
dedicated Vancouver Islanders
that saw the site started sharing information with me, that I would have never known otherwise!
I've been on the receiving end of all my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, email, text's, and polls.
If I round the ratio of
Happy to Angry
to the nearest whole Person,
wins by a landslide
Everyone easily sees what the Vancouver Island Rail Corridor Represents
I think our leaders do too
Incorporated on September 27, 1883, the construction of the Vancouver Island Rail Corridor is not without controversy, but the one thing we can all agree on is that Vancouver Island ancestors, from many many cultural backgrounds shed blood, sweat and tears to build it! Laying 289km of level track up and down a rocky island during that time is no feat that should go unrecognized for the amazing achievement that it is!
It should not be left to languish when it is needed more and more every passing year.
Honour their sacrifices! Update the history books, and provide access for prosperity along the route.
Once it's gone, it's gone!