Restoring rail service is worth investment – Times Colonist

Re: “Mayors unite on commuter rail,” editorial, Feb. 12.

We do not understand how the editorial reached the conclusion that the mayors “want the government to take control of the line from the non-profit Island Corridor Foundation and negotiate agreements with First Nations as a key step to clearing the route for use.”

The mayors did not ask the government to take control of the line in their letter. The mayors are well aware the corridor is owned in fee simple by the Island Corridor Foundation and recognize the need to protect the rights of private landowners in British Columbia. Additionally, at the stakeholders’ meeting in December, the mayors were clear that the government has to work closely with the Island Corridor Foundation to restore rail service to the Island.

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