I ask that the provincial government not apply its 50 per cent fare increase to walk-on seniors travelling from Monday to Thursday.
It is a statistical fact that many B.C. seniors live in retirement crisis — low fixed incomes with their cost of living rising out of line constantly. To impose further hardship on these financially embattled and vulnerable senior members of our society by their need to find $7.30 for each trip back from Vancouver must, in the opinion of this writer, be reconsidered in perspective before the edict is a ‘done deal’.
A modest tweak does not relate to all other seniors, only walk-on passengers. If seniors drive a car to Vancouver, might we assume that they will not find it difficult to pop a further $7.30, whereas for those vulnerable low-income walk-on seniors, that $7.30 jump imposes out of proportion hardship?
This modest tweak will be very easy for BC Ferries to execute, a simple computer adjustment. At Horseshoe Bay, only those seniors who acquire tickets at the walk-on booth would continue to receive free fares Monday to Thursday.
All seniors who drive through the vehicle toll gate would be charged 50 per cent of regular adult fare.
I question how the provincial government cannot agree to this modest tweak specifically on Route 3, Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, where ferry utilization is 54 per cent. The Sunshine Coast senior population is nearing 50 per cent. We have a growing financially-vulnerable senior population.
Let us not increase additional financial burdens by applying one-size-fits-all income bean counting. It will hurt these people.