Rail schedule must suit commuters

Trains have to run at times and frequency that meets the work schedule of the commuter.

Rail schedule must suit commuters

As a former resident of the CVRD, I read with some interest the most recent proposals of the ICF to revive the line from Nanaimo to Victoria with a spinoff to Langford.

In the eight years I lived there I always felt that the ICF proposals, like the high speed ferry to Vancouver from Nanaimo, were doomed from the get-go and for one reason.


If the ultimate objective is to get folks out of their cars and use rail, then it has to be a real commuter rail system and not a pale copy.

Trains have to run at times and frequency that meets the work schedule of the commuter.

Nobody is going to take a train that does not provide service on a schedule that it out of sync with the business schedules of most working people.

You cannot reasonably say to someone, take my train but understand if you want to get home to your family your business activity in Victoria has to be scheduled so you get our last train at 6 p.m.

Some past proposals had trains leaving Victoria in the morning with the return from up-Island mid-day. What is the sense of that?

Unless there is some realization that success will be based on regular use by commuters going to work on schedules that fit work life and at a frequency that makes it convenient, spending $43 million just to fix the line is a huge waste.

Alex Currie


Just Posted

Join the fun at Rotary’s Ogilvie memorial golf tournament Aug. 23

Besides golfing with friends, you are helping fund worthwhile programs

British Columbia Chronicles: New Hope for B.C.’s most historic sawmill town

“New mill, new optimism after years of forestry decline in Port Alberni”—Megan… Continue reading

Cowichan Preschool wins legacy award

Cowichan Preschool was founded in 1977

Duncan’s Station Street Park may get a makeover

City of Duncan looks to make park more accessible

Public advised to stay out of the water at Fuller Lake Beach

Tests indicate bacteriological counts exceeding acceptable limits

Fashion Fridays: How to dress and feel powerful

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Kraft Heinz brand baby food recalled in B.C. due to possibility of insects

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the product should not be consumed

First Nations women finally to be treated equally under Indian Act: Bennett

Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action thanked the feds

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

Excavators help cute kid who copied their dig with his toys stay “safe at work”

Carson Carnegie wakes up at 7:00 am every morning to watch construction work on his street

Bob Lenarduzzi out as Vancouver Whitecaps president

MLS team is at the bottom of the Western Conference standings

B.C. daycare operator denies negligence in death of ‘Baby Mac’

Infant died in early 2017 after biting an electrical cord, according to a lawsuit filed by his mom

BC SPCA reopens animal cruelty investigation at Abbotsford pig farm

Additional alleged footage released from Excelsior Hog Farm sparks new investigation

Most Read