When will we finally stop flogging a dead horse?
As a working person, on this Island helping to keep the economy going with my taxes, I have no interest whatsoever to pay additional taxes to bring back tourist rail service.
That money has to come from somewhere – you and me! And it won’t be $20 million, that would hardly get some half dead rolling stock back to the Island.
It would take what the ministry of transportation assessment determined and more: Think $250 million! If that is what you would tell people before doing a survey you can be sure your rating for returning rail would not be 78%, just ask them if they would be willing to pay $100 a year for it regardless if you use it.
We would attract more tourism with a biking trail than we would with bringing back a train; eco tourism is a hot market and in keeping with our Island lifestyles. It would be a one time investment and then a comparatively low maintenance cost.
We will never recover the cost of returning to rail service. Asian tourist will continue to make their way up Island with their tour busses stopping 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there, cycle tourists travel slow, eat and sleep in communities and generally add to the slower pace of life we try to maintain.