BC Ferries is asking residents for feedback about two new proposed route schedules.
The schedules would affect the Gabriola – Nanaimo Harbour and Campbell River – Quadra Island routes and would double the frequency of sailings during peak travel times, as well as increase total capacity on the routes, according to BC Ferries.
It said the schedules will also reduce wait times on each route and help to mitigate congestion on local roads during peak times.
Online engagement between March 24 and April 12 will let ferry users share feedback regarding the proposed schedules.
BC Ferries is also scheduling virtual community meetings on April 6 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. for the Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island schedule and on April 7 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. for the Campbell River – Quadra Island schedule.
The meetings will give participants a chance to learn more about the proposed schedules and ask project team questions.
Community members can participate in the online engagement and RSVP to attend the meeting at bcferriesprojects.ca/islandclass.
In addition to online engagement, BC Ferries said it will work with ferry advisory committees, local Indigenous communities, key stakeholder groups and employees to gather feedback on the proposed schedules.