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thought commuting from the gulf islands was hard because of the ferry system.
Just wait... it gets better! I wish. Actually, it just got worse. Much worse. So
much worse that the 620 bus schedule change could signal the end of the Queen of
Nanaimo. The final nail that BC Ferry execs have been trying to drive into the
coffins of Gulf Islanders for decades. The 620 bus leaving Tsawwassen terminal
is going to coincide uncannily closely with the Vancouver-Victoria sailings. To
be clear, that is coincide ONLY with the major passenger routes. So, when the
Queen of Nanaimo brings in the handful of over-paying passengers from the Gulf
Islands in the morning, they have a one and a half hour wait for a bus. Now, if
the Queen of Nanaimo could leave a quarter of an hour earlier, or the 9:15 am
bus could leave fifteen minutes later, the Gulf Islanders could still be catered
to without spoiling everything for the "predominant customer base from Swartz
Bay". Since the bus schedule is less likely to change than Stephen Harper
resigning the alternative to waiting for 1.5 hours in the Tsawwassen Ferry
Terminal Arrivals area, I suspect that I won't be the only one abandoning the
morning Queen of Nanaimo run. I'll go through Swartz Bay instead and ride on the
"big ones" - exactly what the BC Ferry execs want - one less run, and then
another... I wasn't wondering before why there wasn't a replacement vessel (ANY
VESSEL) for the two weeks the Queen of Nanaimo was out of service. If you can't
see the writing on the wall, you don't know what collusion
less ridership can the Queen of Nanaimo take before they determine that they
have to cut it altogether?
not paranoid if someone is out to get you. If BC Ferries doesn't get you,
Translink is waiting to screw you as soon as you
We are tax-payers and so it's not unreasonable to expect service. And as a concerned citizen my husband contacted Translink. Below is that correspondence...
I just found out that the 10:00 am bus from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal will no
longer be available after December 16th. As a commuter from the gulf islands to
Richmond this will greatly affect my ability to get to work in a timely fashion.
The 10:00 am bus means that we already wait for a half hour for a
Thank you for your feedback. The changes to the 620 bus schedule was made as a
result of a review of the ferry and transit travel patterns. The predominent
customer base is from Swartz Bay and we were frequently providing overload trips
while underutilizing some trips that met other ferry service. Many of the
overload trips involved taking buses off other routes to help with heavy
passenger loads from the ferry. The schedule changes have not resulted in a
decrease in service hours for the 620 bus. It is a reallocation of resources to
try to best meet the passenger demand at the ferry. Our Service Planning
Department will be monitoring and accessing these changes. We apologize for any
inconvenience these may changes may cause you. We have assigned your comments
to the Service Planning Department. Sincerely,