BC Ferries Seeks Input On Revised Draft Schedules For The Southern Gulf Islands
Online Survey Open From Nov 23 – Dec 14, 2015
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is looking for input from its customers regarding adjustments made to the draft schedules for the Southern Gulf Islands based on the valuable feedback the company heard during a series of open houses held during the summer.
“While we’ve done a great deal of analysis and traffic modelling, we know that getting our customers’ input is just as important,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Strategic Planning & Community Engagement. “Trying to balance the competing wants and needs of five islands (Salt Spring, Galiano, Pender, Mayne and Saturna) is a challenge and requires careful consideration before making any adjustments.”
The schedules now being presented support customers’ desire for sailing times and routing that more closely model the current schedules, with added improvements that BC Ferries believes ferry users will appreciate. The company is striving to preserve many of the benefits of the schedules presented at the public open houses, while addressing concerns raised at those meetings.
Highlights of the updated draft schedules include:
• The off-peak schedules are similar to current service.
• In the shoulder seasons, weekend service will be increased with the second new Salish Class vessel.
• In the peak season, there will be more sailing opportunities while maintaining inter- island connections on weekdays, as well as improvements from Tsawwassen to the Southern Gulf Islands on weekends.
To view the revised draft schedules and participate in the online survey, visit bcferries.com. The survey is open from now until December 14.
After BC Ferries analyzes the results of the survey, the company will communicate the Southern Gulf Island schedules with a Phase 3 survey.
The new schedule is expected to be finalized in the spring of 2016, for implementation in the spring of 2017.
Under contract to the Province of British Columbia, BC Ferries is the service provider responsible for the delivery of safe, efficient and dependable ferry service along coastal British Columbia.