BC Ferries has shifted to its summer schedule, and for travellers on the Sunshine Coast it’s expected to be a temporary reprieve from problems with delays and overloads on Sundays.
The sailing cuts imposed at the end of April only stripped one Sunday round trip from the Langdale route, but it left a mid-morning gap.
Darin Guenette of BC Ferries says the summer schedule will see the dropped sailing return, and give Ferries more time to work with the Ferry Advisory Committee on a solution.
And a reminder for Sunshine Coast travelers that a change in ferry schedules also means a change in Transit service. You can download the new SC Transit schedule here.
Gabriola Islanders also get some of their cut sailings back with the summer schedule. It’s expected to ease concerns over back-ups during peak times and because of the mid-day gap the cuts left. Gabriola FAC Chair John Hodgkins says the additional round trip for 11 weeks during the summer was a key part part of the changes they negotiated with BC Ferries.
Hodgkins says they sacrificed a late-night Sunday sailing in order to maintain the number of round trips designated by the Ministry of Transportation. He says they’re going to keep talking with BC Ferries about tweaking the schedule to address ongoing issues with overloads and delays.