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To: Minister of Transportation Rob Fleming

Put another ferry on Route 5

Put another ferry on Route 5

People traveling between Swartz Bay and the Southern Gulf Islands (Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Saturna), are now required to arrive at terminals at least one hour in advance to make sure they get on the ferry. Many are being left behind because the boats are too small for the current volume of traffic, which is up 15% from pre-pandemic levels. Residents, businesses, and visitors are all affected. We are asking BC Ferries to immediately add one or two sailings to this route (Route 5). Another Salish class vessel is coming next year, but we need a solution NOW for medical appointments, commuters, local businesses, etc. Ferry staff are working so hard to accommodate everyone, but they wouldn’t have to go to such lengths if there was an appropriate capacity on the boats. Please put on more boats this summer, in the morning and afternoon between Swartz Bay and the Islands.

Why is this important?

BC Ferries is failing in its goal of providing safe and efficient transportation on Route 5. Waiting in a hot parking lot for over an hour with pets, kids, or seniors is neither safe nor efficient. The Ministry of Transportation needs to do more to address this issue on behalf of the citizens on the Southern Gulf Islands.


Reasons for signing

  • SGI residents and visitors have steadily increased over the past 15+ years, and yet ferry service has not shifted in proportion. It is understood that the main routes are the ones that BCF focus on, as that is where any money is to be made, but don't f**k over the island residents who use the ferries on a weekly, if not daily basis.
  • Medical appointments are inflexible and there are delays in rescheduling them if missed.
  • This is ridiculous AGAIN this year. There are no extra sailing to or from Pender Island to Swartz Bay for the regular businesses, appointments, meetings etc. during the summer BUT there are extra sailing to the mainland bring more and more visitors. We have been told that a new ferry is coming for YEARS and it never happens!

Updates

2021-07-08 15:08:09 -0400

100 signatures reached

2021-07-08 12:28:22 -0400

50 signatures reached

2021-07-08 12:04:24 -0400

25 signatures reached

2021-07-08 11:47:58 -0400

10 signatures reached