BC Ferries announces open houses for Southern Gulf Islands project
BC Ferries is inviting members of the public to attend upcoming open houses and provide feedback on sailing schedules that may be introduced with the introduction of two new Salish Class Ferries, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven, into service in the Southern Gulf Islands region in 2017, the Company said Tuesday in a press release.
The open houses will be held on August 17-19, 24, 26-27 and September 9.
As a follow up to the customer needs assessment carried out earlier this year, new sailing schedules have been developed as an opportunity to balance seasonal service capacity and demand with operating efficiencies. People are welcome to attend any of seven open houses to see how these new schedule options have been derived and provide their suggestions to BC Ferries representatives for refining these schedules.
Because of the complexity of four vessels serving five islands, while connecting with both Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island, schedule change options affect the following three routes:
• Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands (Salt Spring, Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Saturna)
• Swartz Bay – Southern Gulf Islands (Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Saturna)
• Southern Gulf Islands – Inter-Islands (Salt Spring, Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Saturna)
Later in the fall, revised sailing schedules based on community feedback will be made available to the public, and customer preferences will be sought via an online survey. From that, BC Ferries will determine the new schedules that will be implemented once the new vessels enter service in 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.