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"Excess" capacity on the ferries



I notice in the Nov. 28 edition of the Vancouver Province that the CEO of the BC Ferries board, Mike Corrigan, says in a letter to the editor: “While the seniors travel program is a government policy decision, BC Ferries’ employee travel pass program is the responsibility of the company. He goes on to say, “This program costs the company virtually nothing since there is plenty of capacity on our system as our average utilization rate is just under 50 per cent.”

Now what I’m having trouble with is this: why is there excess capacity to let working people ride free on the ferries, but not people on fixed income? Excess capacity is excess capacity, whoever is not filling it.

Also the CEO of a semi-quasi-non-Crown corporation makes a point of throwing the government under the bus (or in this case, the ferry) by passing the corporation’s decision to “reduce” or “double” the seniors week-day fare on to the government. Nice buck-passing, or collecting, Mike.  

Sue Carson

Halfmoon Bay



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