Island Rail Corridor Threatened

railcar at NanaimoVancouver Islanders own a very valuable, vital and green transportation link, and we are in danger of losing it unless the federal and provincial governments can be convinced to come to its aid. Through the Island Corridor Foundation (ICF) we own 290 kilometres of rail line on 650 hectares of land from Victoria to Courtenay and from Parksville to Port Alberni.

This rail link is vital to our island - vital in preserving and growing our economy and our communities, vital in bolstering the economic development potential for our First Nations, and it is green. Increased rail use solves a multitude of issues by providing an affordable, efficient, safe, and green transportation corridor while significantly reducing greenhouse gases, truck traffic, and traffic congestion.

Unfortunately, through neglect by previous owners, our rail line has fallen into disrepair, and is operating well below its potential. Freight and passenger service on the Island rail corridor can only be operated at low speeds and, in its current state, cannot carry freight to North American standards for effective and efficient rail service. We either fix it or lose it.

Time is running out to save rail on Vancouver Island. That's why the ICF has launched the Our Corridor Coalition, to secure the necessary funding. Here's the situation:

The Problem
• The rail line needs extensive upgrades to keep running.
• $103.8 million is required to bring the tracks up to standard.

The Solution
• The ICF will contribute 1/3 of the funds – the federal government has 1/3 of the funds available, but only if the province commits to 1/3 of the funding.
• The province needs to commit to its share and it has to happen soon.

The ICF needs your help
• Only the province can unlock the federal funds available for this project.
• If you support this campaign, please send an email to Premier Gordon Campbell ([email protected]) urging him to support provincial funding for the Island Rail Corridor.
• Visit www.islandrail.ca for more information and further details about how you can help support this campaign.

The provincial government must get on board. If we don't act now, rail will be gone from Vancouver Island, probably forever.

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