VIA has had no interest in this service for years. Even after the argument was lost over the perceived requirement to provide this service forever nobody wanted to touch a political hot potato.
--- In Canadian-Passenger-Rail@yahoogroups.com, "boxthom" <tbox@...> wrote:
> Here's a story about a petition to try to get VIA to sign an
> agreement with the Island Corridor Foundation to restore passenger
> service on the Esquimalt & Nanaimo.
> I have my doubts that a petition is going to have much effect, so
> I'm a little surprised to read that Graham Bruce, the head of the
> Island Corridor Foundation, says "The petition will likely help
> move things along by strengthening the case for passenger rail
> and 'urgency' to get repairs started." I wonder if he really
> believes that, or if he's just being polite to the petition
> organizers. I'm also puzzled to read that "The head of ICF says
> negotiations with VIA Rail could be faster, but there is no reason
> the company won't end up participating in the agreement." I don't
> see what reason he has to be so optimistic.
> Tom Box
> tbox at ncf dot ca
> Port Hope, ON, Canada
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