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Major hurdle cleared in effort to restore passenger rail service on Vancouver Island

Another hurdle has been cleared in the effort to get passengers trains rolling on the Vancouver Island. The Comox Valley Regional District voted Tuesday night to release the money promised to help fix up the tracks, which the The Regional District of Nanaimo also did last week.

Graham Bruce, CEO of the Island Corridor Foundation, says they’ve been keen to see that happen, because it means all five regional districts are now on board.

Bruce says there’s still a lot of paperwork ahead. They’re working on completing the final submission to the federal and provincial governments to get the rest of the money required to start repairing the E&N line from Victoria to Courtenay. He says the next major step will be putting out the tender for the work in late September.

Bruce says if all goes well, they should be able to award the tender by October so construction can start by late November. He says they hope to have passenger trains running by this time next year.

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