How would you improve new ferries coming to Vancouver Island routes?

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
March 12, 2019 - 3:17pm Updated: March 12, 2019 - 5:47pm

The Queen of Cowichan ferry will be replaced in coming years and ferry riders have a chance to shape what the new vessel looks and functions like.BC Ferries

NANAIMO — With five new ferries on the way, riders have a chance to share their input into how they'd make a trip across the water smoother and more enjoyable.

BC Ferries launched a month-long engagement program on Tuesday, March 12 asking for comments and suggestions to improve the five new vessels coming to major routes.

Mark Wilson, vice-president of strategy and community engagement with the Crown corporation, said the first ship will be in the water by 2023 and the public has a chance to make decisions about what those ships look like.

“People out there can have an impact on anything from food services to the number of elevators,” he told NaniamoNewsNOW. “Are these (ships) the right size, what do people need? It's pretty wide ranging.”

Wilson said it's hoped the new vessels, replacing current ferries travelling from Vancouver Island to the Lower Mainland, will be in service for up to 45 years and they need to make sure sailings are comfortable for everyone.

He said the company will “do their best” to take comments into consideration when entering talks with shipyards to built and buy the new vessels.

The engagement program closes on April 12.

You can make you voice heard online here.

 

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