No waiting for rapid transit

Re: Rush to rapid transit too rapid, 11th Hour Musings, Aug. 12, 2011.

Re: Rush to rapid transit too rapid, 11th Hour Musings, Aug. 12, 2011.

There’s no covering it up — we need alternative transportation methods for commuters now. Commuter rail is a solution, as is light rail transit. The latter will cost us $950 million. While it’s a high price, we would not however, pay for this alone.

Municipalities must call on the federal and provincial governments to financially support us in this endeavour. If we are to see our traffic resolved or at the least reduced, Greater Victoria must present a strong united voice with one message — the time for action is now, not later.

As the writer mentioned, our population is growing and that will only further exaggerate our problems. Our unique geographic challenges also make this a necessary investment.

The time for squabbling over necessity has passed. This is a real, urgent problem that is in turn affecting our economic growth. Holding back is hindering us in the long run and driving up costs for the plan. Let’s get to work and solve this long standing issue.

Grant McLachlan

Langford

 

Just Posted

Science fair draws best junior scientists from Vancouver Island to Victoria

200 young science enthusiasts share their inventions and discoveries at UVic

Young cyclist struck near Galloping Goose Trail

Minor injuries reported by police

Vic. Symphony, Jeans ‘n Classics will rock you with the Best of Queen

Post-Bohemian Rhapsody, Pops Series concerts bring British band’s music back into spotlight

LOCAL FLAVOUR: Farm Whisperer tackles tough subject of farm succession

Linda Geggie is executive director with CR-FAIR

New Coast Guard ship crashes into Ogden Point breakwater

‘It is fairly unprecedented that it would happen’

VIDEO: Keeping the hope alive, 28 years later

Annual Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive run raised money for Child Find B.C.

Bobrovsky perfect as Blue Jackets blank Canucks 5-0

Vancouver shut out for 10th time this season

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says future assembly deliberations won’t be closed to public

Reversal comes after Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff raised concerns

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

Search and rescue team helicopters injured climber from B.C. provincial park

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Most Read