Province announces study of commuter rail in Greater Victoria

Province announces study of commuter rail in Greater Victoria

Transport Minister announces the province will form a working group to study commuter rail but no funding commitment

Transportation Minister Todd Stone has announced the formation of a working group to “look at options around using the E&N rail line for transit services between Langford and Victoria West.”

The working group will examine a proposal to use a portion of the E&N line for transit service on the 15-kilometre stretch between Westhills in Langford and Vic West.

“If feasible, transit service along the E&N corridor from the West Shore would complement the investments we’re making in transit infrastructure in Greater Victoria, including a $10 million extension to the Douglas Street northbound bus lane, from Tolmie Avenue to the McKenzie interchange project, and the investment in the McKenzie interchange project itself, to address traffic congestion in the region,” added Stone.

The working group will including representatives from the ministry, local government, BC Transit, the Victoria Regional Transit Commission.

The announcement was attended by Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, Langford Mayor Stu Young and Esquimalt Mayor (and Liberal candidate) Barb Desjardinm.

It was held at a former stop of the E&N passenger line in Esquimalt.

A working group will study whether commuter rail is feasible in Gr. Victoria

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