Bring on the rush: Victoria is behind the times

LRT in Greater Victoria

Re: Rush to rapid transit too rapid (11th-Hour Musings, Aug. 12)

Some of your readers have been trying to persuade their neighbours as well as municipal and provincial representatives to do something about our burgeoning traffic congestion problems for at least eight years. Now that this goal has almost been reached, your Roszan Holmen says that she feels “rushed.”

Please tell her and her readers to read the evidence that we are already well behind other North American cities, many no larger than ours, that have proven the economic and livability benefits of the transition from automotive indigestion to electric rail order, efficiency and long term savings for the public purse, the individual transit user, and the local and world environment.

Transit-oriented development will produce transit-oriented benefits for Victoria, too.

Lloyd Skaalen

Victoria