B.C. residents have until Dec. 21 to provide input into the future of coastal ferry service.
The public consultation and engagement in-person meetings have ended but British Columbians can still provide input through the coastal ferries engagement website: http://coastalferriesengagement.ca.
The site provides information about the challenges facing the coastal ferry system.
There is also a discussion guide and feedback form, which invites feedback on what strategies should be pursued to achieve the long-term vision of connecting coastal communities in an affordable, efficient and sustainable manner.
Faced with declining ridership and rising costs, the B.C. government has been gathering public input on ways to achieve $26 million in savings that will help ensure we have a sustainable, affordable and efficient ferry service for years to come.
During the past five weeks, representatives of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure have held 40 small group meetings and public open houses in 30 communities seeking input.
The independent review of the Coastal Ferry Act indicated that ferry users, the ferry operator and the B.C. government all need to be part of the solution to address the challenges facing the coastal ferry system in B.C.
— Ministry of Transportation