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Customers can now input desired ferry schedule options

The Crofton/Vesuvius route is one of many affected by BC Ferries cutbacks. - Andrew Leong/file
The Crofton/Vesuvius route is one of many affected by BC Ferries cutbacks.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Sailing schedule refinement options have been posted on the B.C. Ferries website for all routes affected by service reductions effective April 28, including Vesuvius (Salt Spring Island)-Crofton and Chemainus-Thetis Island-Penelakut Island.

Customers can view the draft schedule refinements at www.bcferries.com and offer opinions until Feb. 21.

"It's important for the communities affected by the schedule adjustments to give us their input on the draft schedule options, and we urge our customers to take a few minutes to complete the online survey,'' said BC Ferries' President and CEO Mike Corrigan in a news release.

For the Vesuvius-Crofton route, the province option is to have the last two round trips daily plus the first round trip Saturday mornings eliminated during the off-peak season. In the peak season from mid-May to mid-October, the last round trip is eliminated.

The BC Ferries schedule option includes: a small expansion of the break in the middle of the operating day; short layovers mid-morning and early evening; aligning Saturday and Sunday to identical sailing times; aligning Monday to Friday to identical sailing times; and changing Wednesday dangerous cargo sailings to a full customer service sailing and thus reducing dangerous cargo sailings from three to two weekly.

On the Chemainus-Thetis-Penelakut route, the province option is to eliminate the last round-trip Friday nights as well as the 6:20/6:35 p.m. dedicated round trip between Chemainus and Thetis Island daily.

BC Ferries' first schedule option is to provide a triangle run — servicing both islands —  at 6:20 p.m., with the remainder of sailings that evening adjusted.

The second option is to swap the direction of the 7:45 a.m. triangle, swap the 9:40 a.m. triangle with the 10:10 a.m. direct trip, swap the 11:40 a.m. direct route with the following triangle and start the afternoon shift at 2:55 p.m. to improve school bus connection at 3:35 p.m.

The survey on the website will ask for the selection of a desired schedule option.

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