ABOUT THE VITCC


The Society

We are a society duly incorporated under the laws of the Province of British Columbia. Please refer to the legal section in the footer for more information. As an active society, we accept new members who wish to join the fight for the Island Rail Corridor and the future of the island.

We are not a lobby group or a registered charity at this time.

Our Purpose

The Vancouver Island Transportation Corridor Coalition is focused on its' stated mandate:

  1. To facilitate restoration, revitalization and enhancement of all rail infrastructure on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, as the core infrastructure of a future transportation system to move people and freight; and

  2. to foster a broad coalition of partners, including both government and non-government groups, who will aid in achieving these purposes; and

  3. to ensure such projects are undertaken in an environmentally friendly and socially beneficial manner, with a goal of reducing greenhouse gases; and

  4. to develop broad public and political support; and

  5. to promote integration with ALL other forms of transportation; and

  6. to potentially secure funding from public and private sources.

Our position is that Vancouver Island cannot sustain itself without key infrastructure and that plight is being ignored. Every year traffic grows worse as more people move to our island and the current approach of building more roads only leads to more GHG emissions. Vancouver Island needs a better long term transportation strategy.

We are also fighting disinformation spread by those who wish to take the corridor away from the people of Vancouver Island and turn it into a single use corridor for a very small group of people. The Island Corridor Foundation, composed of stakeholders including the First Nations bands upon whose unceded ancestral territory the corridor is built, are the rightful owners of the asset. Furthermore, these groups envision the corridor is meant to be a shared asset for all people on the island. We support bike and pedestrian trails alongside the rail corridor but do not support the self-interest groups who wish to take the corridor away from First Nations and Island Residents to turn it into a cycling-only corridor. We support both, not one at the exclusion of the other.

Our Work

The 2020 Nanaimo Christmas Train

In 2019, the ICF hastily arranged a Christmas Train to provide a visit with Santa and gifts for children. In 2020, the VITCC will help the ICF collect resources and arrange a larger Christmas train.

UPDATE (Dec 7): This event was cancelled due to a recent spike in Covid cases.

We need volunteers, decorators, Santa's helpers (elf costumes a bonus!) and most of all, donations of new toys or cash. The event aims to give back to the community for all the support we have received.

If you are interested in helping (in ANY capacity, even dialing for gifts), please email member-services@vitcc.ca.

Working hard to build a coalition

We need to hear from ordinary citizens on Vancouver Island. We need ideas, we need political action. Please consider joining us.

Let's face it, the Dayliner was a pared down, last ditch effort to keep a Victorian-era commitment from Robert Dunmsuir to maintain rail service for Island residents. It was almost useless for the majority of us. Vancouver Island residents need modern, efficient and regularly scheduled rail service for the benefit of ALL island residents.

Environmental

Rail can move people and goods much more efficiently than vehicles. Electric commuter rail between the Westhills area and downtown Victoria alone could take tens of thousands of cars off the road, ensuring our highways also remain viable transportation options. All major cities worldwide eventually have had to adopt rail. The costs of retrofitting rail into an existing city is VERY expensive, as Vancouver recently found out.

Victoria is blessed to have not one, but two existing rail rights of way. One is, and shall remain a human corridor for people. The former E&N (now officially named the "Island Rail Corridor") has already been transformed into a hybrid system with over one hundred kilometers of rail-trail to facilitate integration of other forms of transportation.

VITCC envisions an outcome with rail as the backbone of a system that integrates with ALL other forms of transportation. Rail, cycling, equestrian, bus, small electric hybrid cycles, taxis and ferries are just a few of the interlinked transportation options that can integrate.