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Ferry service cuts hit valley routes
Service cuts are coming to Cowichan Valley ferry routes as part of an announcement made Wednesday that BC Ferries will be going ahead with schedule refinements as of April 28.
The Crofton to Vesuvius Harbour on Salt Spring Island run will experience a 12% reduction in the number of annual round trips for an estimated net savings of $210,000 to 2016.
There will be a 9.5% annual round trip reduction on the Chemainus-Thetis Island-Penelakut Island route. Savings are estimated to be $160,000 through 2016.
The Mill Bay to Brentwood Bay route is not affected, said Deborah Marshall, BC Ferries' director of media relations.
"BC Ferries will be providing local FACs with draft schedule refinements between Friday of this week and Tuesday of next week,'' noted Keith Rush, chair of the Chemainus-Thetis-Penelakut ferry advisory committee.
"We heard schedule preferences for people from ferry advisory committees,'' said Marshall. "By the middle of next week, we're going to post draft schedule refinements on our website and people can vote on those.
"We've come up with some more refined options that are going to better meet people's needs.''
"Beginning Monday, Feb. 24 until March 14, BC Ferries has committed to meeting with designated community representatives to review sailing schedule refinements only,'' Rush added.