The Ferry Advisory Committees are seeing another red flag in
BC Ferries’ January traffic stats, which are down overall.
Brian Hollingshead of the FAC Chairs group, says that shows high fares are scaring people off, because the rest of the BC tourism and travel industry is bouncing back after the recession, while Ferries isn’t.
Hollingshead says even people who have no choice, like Gulf Island residents, are using Ferries less because it’s just too costly.
He points to Gabriola, route he says has had significant, consistent traffic loss because of “imprudent service cuts and high fares”.
Hollingshead also says the FAC Chairs believe fixing the problem is up to the province, not BC Ferries