Vernon to Kelowna - by rail?
Oct 23, 2013 / 5:00 pm
Over the past few weeks Castanet has put forth a series of poll questions looking for your feedback on a variety of transit and transportation related issues.
These have ranged from carpooling to car share programs to the viability of public transit.
The poll results clearly suggest a majority of people never take public transit (79.6%), do not consider carpooling (77.5%) and don't think a car share program is a viable transportation option (78%).
What's left is a road network that is costly to construct and costly to maintain.
Over the past two years, the City of Kelowna has paid out more than $5.5M in road re-surfacing alone.
With a recent decision by CN Rail not to re-open the Vernon to Kelowna portion of the line, there has been much discussion as to what will happen with the tracks.
Will they be torn out and replaced with a road network? Will it become part of a multi-model pathway for cyclists and pedestrians? Or, perhaps, be used as a commuter rail service linking Vernon and Kelowna?
"It is an important transportation corridor whether it be rail or another form of transportation. I think protecting that corridor is critical to the city," Community Planning and Real Estate manager, Doug Gilchrist, stated after the CN Rail announcement.
"An evaluation would have to take place, but if it was a road or a multi-model transportation corridor, if it were not to be rail, I'm sure those options would be looked at."
Our question to you today, "Would you use a light rail transportation system linking the Central and North Okanagan?
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