Ferry traffic to and from Gabriola is the highest this decade, according to figures released this week by BC Ferries
August’s traffic statistics show 2,000 more vehicles and almost 7,000 more passengers during the month than in August 2015 – meaning that so far in 2017 vehicle traffic has risen by 6.1% – or, put another way, that’s 10,000 more vehicles (5,000 each way) that have been squeezed onto our ferry.
Little wonder then that line-ups and delays are getting longer.
But what’s the answer? BC Ferries tells us that a new, larger ferry is slated for 2026 – but that’s 9 years away, so must we endure ever longer delays until then, or is there a more creative solution to the problem? Over the coming months we need to explore every possible option to lessen the pressure and we will be inviting the community to contribute to that process.
Watch this space.