FRED E. FREDETTE ON VICTORIA’S CNR TRACKS: ‘The rails were still in place from Cowichan to Point Ellice and on to hook up with the E&N right down Store Street to Government’ in 1973

On moving to Colwood in 1973 from downtown Victoria, I never realized the traffic problems I was in for.

While crawling home from work each day, I kept looking to the right at the old CNR tracks bordering the highway.

The rails were still in place from Cowichan to Point Ellice and on to hook up with the E&N right down Store Street to Government.

In 1975, I wrote a letter to the Times Colonist saying Victoria needed light rail transport.

There was a surplus of streetcars in San Francisco, Toronto, Philadelphia and other cities.

The traffic has more than tripled since then.

The CNR tracks are gone, but the E&N railway is still there and nothing is being done to bring light rail to Victoria.

Why not quit studying and put the money toward upgrading the tracks as far as Goldstream for starters?

The traffic has become so bad that after 64 years in Victoria I had to move out.

Last week, I came to Victoria for a visit from Cowichan Bay.

The traffic was at a standstill from Spencer Road to Thetis Lake and at McKenzie, then after Tillicum it got worse.

I again looked at that former CNR line, now a trail, which could have had a four-car train taking a few hundred people home quietly and comfortably.

A few hundred more could be travelling every 30 minutes on the E&N line to Goldstream.

Quit studying and get on with it.

The government sure knows how to spend our money on light rail in Vancouver.

Fred E. Fredette

Cowichan Bay

 

CCC BLOG rerprint:

ENOUGH STUDIES;

START LIGHT RAIL

Times Colonist: timescolonist.com

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Page A13

CCC

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