Railway not achievable

Premier John Horgan doubts that train service on the E&N corridor is achievable, even in the well-populated Langford to Victoria section.
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No, Canada doesn’t need bullet trains

The fact that we don’t have more trains — never mind high-speed ones — is no mystery at all
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Comment: Choose active transportation, not a renewed railway

Let's not waste money to prop up a failed Victorian railway.
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A Review of the ICF Business Case

While the business case appears to present an appealing case for rail, a deeper look reveals many disparities and omissions.
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Rail Trail safety

Rail trails are places where users can feel safe from the dangerous traffic on roads and highways.
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Rail-Trail news from the US

Our neighbours to the south appreciate the benefits of Rail to Trail conversion and put their money behind it.
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Clear the Tracks for World Class Active Transportation!

A recent magazine article by our VP, David Slade
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Welcome 2022

Wishing all Rail-Trail supporters Happy Trails in 2022, no matter the weather!
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“Economic Highway”

A new study for an American rail-trail, the Great Allegheny Passage, demonstrated the economic benefits it brought to the area.
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Funding for Rails to Trails

Money is available from the provincial government to promote and support Active Transportation, which includes the conversion of Rails to Trails.
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ICF given 18 months!

Decision on future of E&N rail given 18 months after Snaw-Naw-As appeal rejected
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Island Rail Corridor Feasibility Study

FORT-VI has completed a study of the feasibility of putting a trail on the rail bed of the Island Rail Corridor, funded by a $45,000 grant from the Federal Active Transportation Fund.
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Time to face facts for the Island Corridor

The decision in March by the federal and provincial governments to return a portion of the Island rail corridor lands to the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation is likely the decisive blow to the concept of rail returning to the E&N corridor.
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Halalt First Nation also seeking return of land used for rail corridor

The Halalt First Nation near Chemainus is seeking the return of land taken from its reserve for the E&N railway in the early 1900s.
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FORT-VI Press Release

The federal government and the Province of British Columbia today announced the return of a short section of the Island Corridor to the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation. The Snaw-Naw-As have indicated strongly that they do not want rail going through their reserve and have stated that they want to see alternative uses for the corridor considered.
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E&N Land Returned to First Nation

Ten acres of land taken for E&N to be returned to Nanoose First Nation
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First Nations ICF board members resign

In a major setback for the resumption of rail on the E&N corridor five First Nations members of the Island Corridor Foundation have resigned.
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The E&N Rail Trail and the unused train tracks near the Wilson Street crossing in Victoria. DARREN STONE, TIME COLONIST

The end of the line for Island railway

The Chief of the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation, states that “there is no business case to re-invest in the corridor.”
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Island bus service

Op-ed makes the case that a good transit system would be much better, and cheaper, than trying to resurrect trains.
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Singing on the Tracks

Watch a video of Ocie Elliott singing about their walk along the tracks from Victoria to Nanaimo.
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Preserve the Vancouver Island Rail Corridor

FORT-VI has started a petition to preserve the old E&N corridor by converting it to a multi-use trail like the Galloping Goose.
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Photo: James MacDonald / Capital Daily

More Victorians are cycling, walking to work: Latest census data

The demand is growing for active transportation.
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Popup Businesses

Watch news about Saanich's plan to allow popup businesses on the Galloping Goose and Lochside Trails.
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The E&N Rail Trail and the unused train tracks near the Wilson Street crossing

In this article in the Times-Colonist, Gordon Edwards, chief of the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation, states that “We are now at the point where there is no business case to re-invest in the corridor.”

Edwards called on the Island Corridor Foundation and regional districts to start thinking about what else is possible for the corridor and “stop pursuing an unsustainable, expensive, Victorian-era fantasy.” Read the article for a good analysis of the First Nations' perspective on the E&N corridor. FORT-VI recognises First Nations priorities, and believes that an Active Transportation trail would be the best way to preserve the corridor for the future.

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