The Tsawwassen-Duke Point route presents an opportunity for service cuts that would result in the biggest possible savings, with the least likely traffic loss and least social and economic impact.
This conclusion is based on analysis of data from BC Ferries to the BC Ferry Commission, and BC Ferries traffic data.
REVISED first table in the pdf
13Dec-Route 30-revised-Tsawwassen-Duke Point (32 KB pdf)
This is a study that compares the savings from service cuts to the dollar value of traffic losses. It demonstrates that the savings will not offset the value of lost traffic. The report was developed collaboratively between the FACC and the Powell River Regional District Chair, Colin Palmer.
Service cuts vs traffic loss (21 KB pdf)
The Ferry Advisory Committee Chairs have submitted to the provincial budget consultation the following document:
Coastal ferries: An unnecessary crisis (588 KB pdf).
It is one of several ferry-related submissions to the committee responsible for the consultation, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.
The committee will release its report on the consultations on or before November 15, 2013. Updates on the committee’s work will be posted on the committee’s website.
Ten years ago this month the BC government unveiled a brand new, not-quite-arms-length coastal ferry model. It promised jobs, economic development, modest fare increases and better service – all with no new public debt. The legislation included a move toward greater user pay, in order to reduce the Province’s contribution to coastal ferry service.
The model has failed to achieve its goals. This verdict is based on what we have been hearing for years from an overwhelming number of residents of the communities and users of the ferry routes we represent.
These points are a summary of views, framed by the government’s goals for the current model, followed by our recommendations.