The BC Ferries system needs to be redesigned to move people, not cars.
If we were to pay the real cost of fossil fuel driving, from the toxic lakes of the ever-expanding tar sands to the increasing extreme weather events of ice storms and hurricanes, from the Exxon Valdez spill and the push for the Enbridge pipeline, we could not afford to drive our cars on endless ribbons of highway on land or sea.
More than one-third of Canada’s greenhouse emissions come from driving our cars. BC Ferries needs to ensure that foot passenger fees are lower than drive-on passenger fees.
Car pooling that fills cars could receive a discount on passenger fees. The shipping of necessary food and supplies to Coast communities needs to be subsidized, not our individual buying habits at low cost retailers in the city.
There is a need for passenger-only boats. Continued better fast mass transit from ferry terminals would make travelling by foot easier. The Canada Line works. Let’s develop more people-friendly and earth-friendly ways of moving.
Denise Lagasse, Halfmoon Bay