Changes in store for Horseshoe Bay terminal expansion

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VICTORIA, B.C. — The work on B.C. Ferries’ Horseshoe Bay expansion project will continue, but with some small changes, Transportation Minister Judith Reid has announced.

After meeting with concerned citizens several weeks ago, Reid asked transportation consultant Tom Tasaka to work with a community advisory committee and report back to her at the end of July.

As a result of Tasaka’s findings, and Reid’s feedback from both sides of the issue, she has decided that work can proceed with certain changes.

One change is that B.C. Ferries will only be able to operate its vehicle holding system across from a local school during peak traffic periods.

Reid also demanded that B.C. Ferries work with the community to improve aesthetics and help ease their minds about certain concerns.

But the transportation minister did realize that safety improvements must be made, and the terminal needs to be expanded to address those safety concerns.

"Public safety is our primary concern, and it’s important that we move forward to resolve the serious traffic congestion problems at Horseshoe Bay. It’s also important that we listen to the views of local residents," says Reid.

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