Freight could backstop commuter train

Re: Bring E&N back to freight standards, Letters, April 27, 2011.

A couple of comments on transportation issues. On commuter traffic by rail, John Goudy hit the nail dead centre in a letter to the Goldstream News Gazette.

He noted correctly that passenger rail traffic can readily become economical in conjunction with rail freight transport.

Rail freight can absorb easier the high cost of upgrading and upkeeping tracks and bridges because rail freight is so much more efficient per unit of weight.

A good combination of passenger and freight rail transport would keep the ticket prices cheap enough to make riding the rails very attractive. It should be our first priority to get the E&N going in this economical combination.

Light rail transit is a little bit further off, but not that much. This is because of our region’s unique topography.

Hemmed between Thetis Lake park, Portage Inlet and Esquimalt Harbour are three possible road connections and two possible rail connections: Trans-Canada Highway, Island Highway, Burnside Road, the E&N rail line and the Galloping Goose corridor.

In this bottleneck, these are the only five possible links between the region’s two major areas (the West Shore and the core).

This unique bottleneck makes LRT much more imminently economical even with a lower than usual population base.

It can easily replace all bus transit on the Trans-Canada Highway in the bottleneck. LRT can initially link up tracks with the E&N near the Colwood overpass to serve the bottleneck via the Goose corridor, then slowly develop from there.

Axel Brock-Miller

Langford

 

Just Posted

Officer leads the flare in Saanich Police’s social media

Triangle dance latest addition to Saanich Police social media anthology

BC Ferries looks for more feedback on 25-year plan for Swartz Bay

Some suggestions already under consideration include a cycling route, waterfront park

U.S. college bribery scandal shines light on serious problem in Canada

Looking at the bigger picture of marginalization in universities

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation welcomes new leader

Teri Mooring will take over as president this summer

B.C. resident baffled about welcome mat theft

Security footage shows a woman and her dog taking the mat from the property on March 13

Victim succumbs to injuries suffered in Campbell River hit and run

The female pedestrian that was struck in a hit and run on… Continue reading

Trans Mountain court hearing: B.C. says it won’t reject pipelines without cause

Canada says the proposed amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act must be struck down

Carfentanil found in 15% of overdose deaths in January: B.C. coroner

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than illicit fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants

B.C. father fights for his life after flu turns into paralyzing condition

Reisig has lost all motor skills with the exception of slight head, shoulder and face movements.

Suspicious fire in Alert Bay burns two homes, spreads to nearby bush

Police say underage suspects have been identified

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. wildfire prevention budget bulked up as dry spring unfolds

Night vision goggles tested for early detection effort

Vernon ordered to reinstate terminated firefighters caught having sex at work

City believes arbitration board erred, exploring options

Most Read