This dual mode vehicle – it runs on rails and is also a bus – manufactured by a subsidiary of Toyota is promoted by a Colwood resident as a way to use the E&N rail bed and remove more vehicles from the daily commute downtown from the West Shore.

Another fan of bus-style rail transportation

Buses with retractable rail wheels may be the solution

As far as commuter service from the West Shore to Victoria, why not use regular buses outfitted with retractable rail wheels, such as the ones used by railway maintenance vehicles?

The buses would be able to pull off the rails and do whatever routes are required, then return to the rails at will. This could eliminate the need for large stations etc. This way the rails are in place for future trains. Of course, this would require co-ordination on direction etc.

Brian Semple


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