BC Ferries has released its ideas for cutting service on some routes, but reducing the pain of those cuts.
The province confirmed recently it will force Ferries to make changes to save nearly 19 million dollars, however it’s letting communities have a say in how it happens.
Darin Guenette of BC Ferries says they had their analysts take a close look at each route, with a savings target it mind to see if they could come up with better ideas than the ones put forward last year.
“It’s important for the communities affected by the schedule adjustments to give us their input on the draft schedule options, and we urge our customers to take a few minutes to complete the online survey,” says Ferries CEO Mike Corrigan.
People have until February 21st to say what they think. The company’s also working with Ferry Advisory Committees and conducting a telephone poll.
Here’s what BC Ferries is proposing for the affected routes in our area:
Langdale – Horseshoe Bay:
Summary of Province option: Elimination of the first round trip Sunday morning in the off-peak, having the 8:20 am sailing now depart at 7:20 am.
Summary of how BC Ferries schedule option differs from the Province option: An earlier start (7 am) from Langdale
Earls Cove – Saltery Bay:
Summary of Province option: Elimination of the last round trip daily, year-round.
Summary of how BC Ferries schedule option differs from the Province option: Off Peak only – end of day round trip set for later timing to support connectivity with Route 3 (Langdale) sailing.
Nanaimo – Gabriola Island:
Summary of Province option: Elimination of the last two round-trips daily and the first round-trip on Saturday/Sunday.
Summary of how BC Ferries schedule option differs from the Province option: Expanding break in middle of operating day; Short layovers mid-morning and early evening; Later start to first sailing of day; Change Sunday AM layup to Nanaimo Harbour to allow for 6:35 sailing from Gabriola.