The Island Corridor Foundation’s Our Corridor campaign has secured a commitment from the provincial government of $500,000 to study the economic viability of rail on Vancouver Island. The study by the Ministry of Transportation should be released early this year. In anticipation of this, an ICF workshop series will look at the renewal of passenger, tourist, and freight rail services on Vancouver Island. Anyone with an interest or background in land use planning, economic development, tourism, or business should attend. Rail is here to stay on Vancouver Island and the series will explore the opportunities for renewed rail service on the Island.
Rising energy costs, reducing our carbon footprint, creating prosperous “green” communities built around practical transportation alternatives. The challenge of adapting for this new future is enormous – but so are the opportunities. The workshops will study plans for renewed rail on Vancouver Island and you are invited to participate in formulating partnerships and economic opportunities through this series of workshops themed around passenger, tourism, and freight rail transportation.
The Nanaimo workshop on Sustainable Rail-based Tourism is designed to showcase opportunities for excursion and tourism product development related to passenger and excursion rail services. This event will be held from 9 am to 4 pm on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Commercial Street. For more details and to register visit www.islandrail.ca. A fee of $75 is applicable. Register now and “Get on the Train!”