Links to Vancouver Island Rail Studies

The following list was compiled to present important background data about rail on Vancouver Island. There are many studies concerning Rail Transportation on Vancouver Island. This list is presented in chronological order and is not to be construed as an exhaustive list. If there are items that you (any website user) feel should be on this list, please use our contact form to notify us.

BC Government South Island Transportation Strategy

The Strategy was/is being developed in multiple stages to highlight the transportation systems for all modes and challenges facing the South Vancouver Island area. Subsequent stages of the process are designed to examine possible strategies and improvement options to serve inter-regional travel and support Indigenous, local, and provincial priorities.


Transport Action Canada Assessment

The Transport Action Canada Assessment of the South Island Transportation study is a valuable resource to read. One reason it notes for the high price tag assessed by MOTI is that MoTI has a policy that requires adding a 50% contingency to all infrastructure cost estimates. This artificially raises the cost estimates far above the number quoted by many rail infrastructure companies.


Island Rail Corridor Condition Assessment

The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) engaged WSP Canada Group Ltd. (WSP) to conduct a detailed evaluation of the base asset condition of the Island Rail Corridor on Vancouver Island. The assessment scope included the entire length of the rail corridor, Victoria to Courtney (Victoria Subdivision), Parksville to Port Alberni (Port Alberni Subdivision), the Wellcox Spur, and Wellcox Yard. The assessment of the corridor covered railway infrastructure, grade crossings, bridges, and rockfall activity.

BC Government Ministry of Transportation Infrastructure (MOTI) News Release

Province announces to review options for commuter train services in the CRD.


Prominent Developer Bayview Wants Commuter Rail Service Up and Running Now

A published plan that prominent developer Ken Mariash, owner of Focus Equities and Bayview, has proposed after meeting with key stakeholders in the region such as the various CRD mayors. It should be further noted that all thirteen Capital Regional District (CRD) mayors have also urged immediate action on commuter rail service.

Links to Aligned Groups

These groups are aligned in their pursuit of efficient and modern rail service in British Columbia, funded by our CO2 tax revenues, to move people and freight, provide economic stimulus, massively reduce GHG emissions and reduce reliance on single-occupant vehicles.

Aligned Organizations, Primary Rail Focus

(Alphabetical order by full name)

E&N Division, CRHA

Island Corridor Foundation (ICF)

Island Transformations Organization (ITO)

Transport Action Canada

Aligned Organizations, Environmental Primary

(Alphabetical order by full name)


Climate Caucus

Sierra Club