Ferry Facts Update September 2016

There seems to be some confusion regarding the new foot passenger reservation system. Passengers attempting to reserve have been told that the foot passenger reservations are full and have assumed that there is no more room on that sailing. BC Ferries allows only a certain number of reservations on each sailing. Once the reservation quota is filled, there is still room for walk on foot passengers. If you need to ensure passage on a specific sailing, be sure to reserve well in advance.

In August, the Queen of Cumberland was running up to an hour late for several days. The problem was an electrical issue with the sensor on a right angle drive (RAD). The sensor was replaced and calibrated and the Cumberland now appears to be operating normally.

Traffic to and from Village Bay seems to be falling behind the other Southern Gulf Islands from April 1 to June 30 so far this year. On route 9 (Village Bay/Tsawwassen), vehicle traffic is up only .5% over last year compared to the average year to date increase of 6.8%. Foot passenger traffic is down 3.0% compared to the average increase of 3.2%. On route 5 (Village Bay/Swartz Bay), vehicle traffic is up 4.7% which is close to the average but foot passenger traffic is up only 1.2% compared to the average of 4.4%.

The local Ferry Committee advises B C Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (davemaude@hotmail.com), Diana King (diana@dianaking.ca) and Mike Sywulych 250 539 5274 (mikesywulych@gmail.com). Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych. For further information please contact Mike Sywulych mikesywulych@gmail.com.

posted September 2016

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