Province Affirms $7-million for E&N Railway on Vancouver Island

Province Affirms $7-million for E&N Railway on Vancouver Island
July 23, 2015 9:03 pm

The provincial government is standing by a pledge of $7-million dollars to keep a piece of Vancouver Island history on the rails.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone says the province affirms funding to the Island Corridor Foundation to support the E&N rail line, which runs from the Victoria-area to Courtenay.

Stone says the Liberal government’s pledge means the railway is one step closer to resuming a fully operational passenger rail service.

In order to receive the provincial money, the Island Corridor Foundation must first confirm $7.5-million in federal funding is in place. It must also show that all upgrade work will not exceed a $20.4-million budget.

If the project proceeds, the E&N rail line would offer twice-daily runs from Nanaimo to Victoria, service to Qualicum Beach on Wednesdays and weekends, and service to Courtenay on weekends and statutory holidays.

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