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NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. -- B.C. Ferries has released some statistics that indicate delays are increasing for drivers...


NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. — B.C. Ferries has released some statistics that indicate delays are increasing for drivers on some major ferry routes.

On B.C.’s busiest route, Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, nearly twice as many sailings were delayed this spring as were delayed two years ago. In addition, the number of overloaded sailings has surged to 45.6 per cent this year.

On the other hand, despite delays due to the ongoing expansion project, the Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo route has nearly two-thirds fewer delayed sailings than it had two years ago. The number of overloaded sailings has also dropped on this well-travelled route, from 33.6 per cent to 24.3 per cent.

That could be because the inactive “fast ferries” that are currently up for sale, are used as backups in the case of emergencies.

Transportation Minister Judith Reid says she is continuing to receive plenty of complaints against the ferry corporation.

“B.C. Ferries is a huge concern of mine,” Reid tells local media. “There’s been awful mismanagement in the past. I believe we can improve ferry service to B.C.”


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