Letter: Following Langford’s example on transit planning

Langford council has concentrated development along Goldstream Avenue, which is within one kilometre of the E&N rail line.

Congrats to Langford council and mayor Stew Young. Hopefully other councils can emulate the best practices Langford council has adopted in the past and will most likely into future with regard to transportation and development.

A case and point is commuter rail. Langford council has concentrated development along Goldstream Avenue, which is within one kilometre of the E&N rail line. Even the very impressive City Centre facilities are very close to the E&N line, as well as the Westshore Town Centre.

Most studies bear out that mass transit passengers will walk about this distance to a mass transit station, cycle a couple more, and drive a few more to such stations. I think if other municipalities concentrated development along the rail line the E&N could become a real effective option for commuters.

The most effective transportation systems offer people choices of walking, cycling, driving and mass transit.

We should be able to choose to use our vehicles not be forced to use them to conduct our daily activities. We need to free up road capacity for trucking and commerce, and also thereby lessen the need for increasing road capacity and unneccesary investment. Noboby wins when we sit in congested road facilities.

Avi Ickovich

Langford