Sunshine Coast Transit has added an extra bus in response to BC Ferries’ expanded holiday schedule that will increase the time between sailings from Dec. 20 to 29.
The ferry schedule change means departure times throughout the day will gradually become later than the regular scheduled service, so that the regular 3:30 p.m. sailing from Horseshoe Bay will leave at 3:50 p.m. and the final 9:15 p.m. sailing at 9:45 p.m.
While Sunshine Coast Transit can hold buses for about 10 minutes to offset slightly later arrival times during the first half of the day, the extra bus will be brought in to handle the ferry traffic from the last four sailings, said Bryan Shoji, general manager of infrastructure services for the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD).
“It’s the 3:50 leaving Horseshoe Bay we wouldn’t be able to meet,” Shoji said. “As soon as the announcement came out from BC Ferries, we analyzed the impact and we realized we wouldn’t be able to make those four trips.”
The last-minute addition of the extra bus was made to ensure transit riders wouldn’t be stranded after coming off the later ferries, he said.
BC Transit will cost-share the bus under the terms of its annual agreement with the SCRD, which includes a provision to add extra trips for events such as Sea Cavalcade.