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.