Southern Gulf Islands Schedule Enhancement

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An illustration of the Southern Gulf Islands network.

We are introducing a new Salish class ferry to the Southern Gulf Islands route in 2022! This new ferry is larger than the ferry it is replacing (the Mayne Queen) and will provide more capacity simply by introducing it into the current schedule. But we think it's possible to enhance the schedule even further, and we are engaging with Island communities to help us shape and evaluate these possibilities.

The schedule enhancements made with the introduction of Salish class ferries onto the Tsawwassen to Southern Gulf Islands route in 2017 have supported record high traffic, balancing the needs of Islanders and visitors, commercial goods and services, and many other factors. With the introduction of another Salish class ferry into the network, we want to understand how Islands are growing and changing.

The Southern Gulf Islands is our most complex scheduling region, serving five islands (Saturna, Pender, Mayne, Galiano and Salt Spring Islands) from two major ports (Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen) and connecting the five islands to each other. We must consider each island and customer need, and how these needs fluctuate by season as we look at making enhancements to our service. We want your feedback to ensure we are supporting the needs of all users and Island communities now and into the future. We look forward to hearing from you.

We are introducing a new Salish class ferry to the Southern Gulf Islands route in 2022! This new ferry is larger than the ferry it is replacing (the Mayne Queen) and will provide more capacity simply by introducing it into the current schedule. But we think it's possible to enhance the schedule even further, and we are engaging with Island communities to help us shape and evaluate these possibilities.

The schedule enhancements made with the introduction of Salish class ferries onto the Tsawwassen to Southern Gulf Islands route in 2017 have supported record high traffic, balancing the needs of Islanders and visitors, commercial goods and services, and many other factors. With the introduction of another Salish class ferry into the network, we want to understand how Islands are growing and changing.

The Southern Gulf Islands is our most complex scheduling region, serving five islands (Saturna, Pender, Mayne, Galiano and Salt Spring Islands) from two major ports (Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen) and connecting the five islands to each other. We must consider each island and customer need, and how these needs fluctuate by season as we look at making enhancements to our service. We want your feedback to ensure we are supporting the needs of all users and Island communities now and into the future. We look forward to hearing from you.

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    In this first phase of engagement, we are asking communities to help us establish a list of criteria that we can use to evaluate schedule options in the next phase of engagement. 

    Based on feedback provided during our 2015 engagement efforts in the Southern Gulf Islands and our operational needs, we have developed a draft list of evaluation criteria for consideration. Each of these criteria will be evaluated for each Island. 

    Why evaluation criteria?   

     We have chosen to use evaluation criteria because they provide us with: 

    1. A consistent way to evaluate options for every Island
    2. The opportunity to consider Island-specific needs
    3. The ability to compare different schedule options for each Island and across the Southern Gulf Islands network

     

    Now we’d like to hear from you.


    Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Please do not provide personal information about yourself (such as your address) or other individuals. If you have any questions or require further information about this survey, please contact us directly at engagement@bcferries.com.
     

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