‘Vast majority’ an overstatement on public demand for LRT

Not everyone's itching for LRT in Greater Victoria

Re: Show us that LRT money (Our View, Sept. 16)

I disagree strongly with the statement in the Sept. 16 editorial that the “vast majority” of people would like to see light-rail transit in the region. However, I agree there needs to be more accountability to the taxpayer in the B.C. Transit governance model before more money is spent on LRT studies and reports. B.C. mayors are right to call for an inquiry regarding B.C. Transit governance and management.

If the sticker shock for the studies is an issue, just wait until the real bills come in. Recent reports in the press about significant overruns in over-hyped LRT projects in mid-size communities in Canada should not be ignored.

Greater Victoria does not have the critical mass required for LRT. There are many less expensive options for improving the movement of people and goods in the region, rather than a billion-dollar LRT project as envisioned.

And as a taxpayer I would resent the cost coming from my left and right and back pockets.

I rode the rails for years in England and Toronto, but Victoria doesn’t cut the mustard. Sic transit gloria (glory fades).

Tony Beckett

Victoria

Just Posted

Graduating Saanich students have overcome hardship

Claremont and Reynolds Grade 12s among the recipients of scholarship from Horation Alger Association

Victoria Harbour most polluted on B.C. coast: study

City’s industrial past and more recently, pharmaceuticals, create high levels of pollutants

Watch for high winds today and tomorrow

A wind warning is in effect for Greater Victoria. According to Environment… Continue reading

Experts to capture and collar 20 female deer in Oak Bay starting this month

Does sedated, examined, collared and ear tagged in latest phase of deer management plan

Victoria dog attacked by otters off Dallas Road

Off-leash dogs and wildlife can make for a poor mix, veterinary staffer says

WATCH: Vancouver Island man catches dashcam video of near head-on crash

Video shows oncoming van cross over centre line

Canucks came out hot, beat Bruins 6-1

Loui Eriksson scores twice, catapulting Vancouver to a lopsided victory over Boston

B.C. man brings dog to court as ‘best witness’

Man is defending himself on charges of uttering threats, possessing weapon for dangerous purposes

Vancouver artist’s cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

Cartoon shows football coach, one of the victims, meeting others killed in school shootings

Trudeau family arrives in India for state visit

Seven-day visit includes meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Military seeks DNA experts to help ID missing war dead

Federal program recovers, identifies and arranges burials for Canada’s nearly 28,000 missing war dead

Saanich councillor wants tax credits for political donations

A Saanich councillor would like to see tax credits for residents who… Continue reading

St. Michael’s advance to finals at Senior Girls Basketball Provincials

St. Michael’s University School of Saanich and Alberni District Secondary School (Port… Continue reading

B.C. files new legal action against TransMountain pipeline

Province tries to uphold City of Burnaby bylaws, provoking Alberta

Most Read