07 February 2011 – Recently reported coastal ferry fare increases are a realistic assessment of what will happen in the absence of additional government support or of service reductions, say the Ferry Advisory Committee Chairs (FACC), which represent residents of coastal communities.
While projections may change if conditions change, the FACC see these as fixed realities:
- The major and non-major route groups are different.
- Only the provincial government can substantially reduce projected fares.
- Basic provincial support for coastal ferries is $92M a year, unchanged since 2003.
- Coastal communities are like any rural BC community.
- Additional ferry funding makes good economic and public policy sense.
- Imagine BC without affordable public access to the coast.