The funicular in Budapest, Hungary, has been in operation since 1870. Edmonton’s funicular is expected to open this month. (Wikipedia {Seattledude} photo)

LETTERS: Tourism needn’t be uphill battle

Editor: An alternative to the proposed garage (Parkade to be four storeys, $12.5 million , Nov. 17).

Editor:

An alternative to the proposed garage (Parkade to be four storeys, $12.5 million, Nov. 17).

Edmonton and Quebec City as well as other cities throughout the world have discovered that a good way to move people up and down a hill is with a funicular.

This would be a good alternative to the ugly monstrosity of the proposed garage at Victoria and Vidal.

A funicular could run up and down the hill in any number of places, the city already has the rights-of-way, so cost would be reduced. Since it would mostly be used in July and August, the school at Five Corners could be used for parking, or perhaps Star of the Sea as a paid lot.

The funicular itself would be a huge tourist draw, make White Rock even more famous and large numbers would be drawn to Five Corners and would be carried down the hill to Marine Drive which could be reduced to a single lane, one way eastbound with the rest of the street for pedestrians.

Think outside the box.

I recently saw all of this including funiculars in Europe, and it all works marvelously. This would be a win-win for all.

Brian Tuomi, White Rock

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