The Times Colonist has an excellent editorial on the B.C. government’s short sighted lack of interest in properly funding upgrades to the E&N for freight and passenger rail. It’s quite right to say that in a case like this, supply of a service precedes demand. Until people can access their properties by commuter rail, they will continue to buy properties that they can access easily by road – and it’s difficult to accomplish densification that supports light rail after low density housing/commerce served by roads is created.
Update, July 16: On further consideration, it looks like the finances are a serious concern for advocates for investment in the E&N. I haven’t actually read the report, but Victoria Vision has an excellent analysis and link to the report here.