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FAC Chairs say 1.9 per cent cap on annual fare increases won't help declining passenger numbers

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BC’s Ferry Advisory Committees say a 1.9 per cent cap on annual fare hikes won’t help the issue of plummeting passenger numbers.

It’ll kick in for BC Ferries’ next performance term, which starts in April 2016.

John Hodgkins is the F-A-C Chair for Gabriola Island. He says rising fares have led to declining passenger numbers, which are now at their lowest level since 1990.

Hodgkins says the 3.9 per cent fare increase on April 1st will drive even more people away, and bumping fares up by 1.9 per cent a year starting in 2016 will further exacerbate the problem.

He says it’s an issue the provincial government recognizes, but is refusing to do anything about.

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