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Railway needs solid support that sustains vision of up-Island corridor

The Island Corridor Foundation is still waiting to hear if the federal government will give $7.5 million to upgrade the E&N

The E&N's route in Victoria, however, has some major shortcomings.

Any money spent on the E&N Railway will be borrowed, as both levels of government are in deficit.

That sort of talk makes me wonder whether the feds truly intend to get on board with this project.

The plan has the line running through Saanich and Colwood into Langford.

“I think they've done a very good job with their plan to put forward the options they feel work best for the Greater Victoria area,” said Lekstrom

Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom says the province doesn't have $7.5 million "lying around" for the Esquimalt and Nanaimo railway.

Victoria mayor hopes to persuade province to jump aboard with cash

Re: 'Island commuter rail line needs support'

And it would be used for more than two weeks. Build it and they will come.

As romantic a notion as rail travel is – this part of the country exists because of railways –

No go: Province says not enough demand, population to justify cash for E&N line

And the E&N has as much going against it politically as it does on all the other fronts.

It also concludes current volumes of freight and passengers do not support significant infrastructure investment at the moment,

E&N rail service not viable yet, says provincial report

Study: Not enough traffic to justify spending millions on upgrade

ruled out upgrades to the Island's E&N Rail line without considering demand for a commuter rail system linking Victoria to the West Shore.

Not enough people use the E&N rail line, or live nearby it, to warrant an investment

placing the remaining 10 per cent of property within the E&N lands into the same land use order.

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