Given the success of the Galloping Goose, would it not make more sense to change the E and N line into a trail for bikes and walking? Certainly this would carry more commuters than the trains ever would.
This would also create great urban - suburban walking and biking trails in Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum and in the Comox valley. It would also create a wonderful trail to connect the Alberni valley to the east side of the island and make hiking - biking a bigger tourism option.
Another 300+ km of trails to add to the Trans-Canada Trail. So many more connections and options for people to get active.