I have long been a vocal supporter of revitalizing the E&N Rail. A business case does exist, and I would actively lobby the provincial government to invest in a sustainable future for passenger and freight on the E&N. Passenger services would go a long way in enhancing the connectivity of our region, lower emissions from private vehicles, and make the commute to the city from the West Shore more enjoyable and environmentally responsible. Provincial funds would also provide an opportunity for growth and densification along the E&N corridor.
Those who advocate removing the rails and turning the corridor into a bus line have their hearts in the right place, but are unaware of the legal ramifications of doing so. Large portions of the E&N rail pass through the territory of several Vancouver Island First Nations and rail is the only stipulated use of that E&N corridor on First Nations land.