Rail transit a better solution than more buses

Re: “E&N railbed impractical for mass transit,” letter, Oct. 13.

We who call for rail transit see the E&N route, Langford to Victoria, as a first step in growing a rail network. The letter-writer has an image of heavy rail bilevel cars. We see using modern, light tram-train equipment with the capacity of 200 or more people per vehicle, and the ability to be coupled to carry more. With top speed of 90 km/h, these cars can easily make the 13-kilometre trip in 15 minutes.

Add in a streetcar service, Uptown through downtown, and James Bay to Ogden Point, to attract the higher-density development that Victoria and Saanich councils want.

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