Greyhound has announced it will end bus service in western Canada on Oct. 31. File photo

LETTERS: Look at rail option to replace Greyhound

Author suggests building bus-sized railway cars at a new B.C. plant.

Here’s an idea about solving the Greyhound bus problem, an idea meant for rural areas. First off we need a commitment from the feds to subsidize Greyhound for a couple years. During that time we start up a manufacturing plant with B.C. trades. We start building bus-sized railway cars to zip people in rural areas around. The tracks are there and in rural areas there’s hardly any track being used congestion is a non issue and the people of Canada own most of these lines . These tracks go all over the rural landscape and better yet, the views are much more enhancing than the highway drive. I’m sure the Europeans have engineered many rail vehicles we could learn from. If I had to go to Kelowna from Castlegar and had the option of going by rail, I would pay good money, more than a bus fare to go there and leave my car at home. The building of these railcars, the stations and even a lure for tourism could mean a lot of money to this province. It would also be important to have it run by a non-government agency, that would work on behalf of the taxpayers but without the government’s ability to turn everything they touch into a debt.

Bob White,


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