A new, more certain way to travel from and to the Sunshine Coast this summer
You told us the current system isn’t working for you, so we want to test something different
During BC Ferries’ Moving Ahead Together engagement last Fall, we heard that planning for and being certain of travel times are some of the most important considerations in making travel less stressful and easier. You told us the existing model isn’t working and our employees also provided ideas for easing congestion on Route 3 between Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) – Sunshine Coast (Langdale).
In response to this feedback, and after reviewing several concepts to improve service with the Ferry Advisory Committees, the District of Sechelt, Town of Gibsons and the Sunshine Coast Regional District, BC Ferries will be introducing changes this summer. The #Route3Trial is designed to make travelling from and to the Sunshine Coast a more certain and less stressful experience.
During the #Route3Trial, BC Ferries will:
- Increase reservation space: from 40-50% on average, to 95% of the vessel
- Provide free reservations on all Saver and Prepaid fares
- Significantly lower your fares for travel at less busy times with a reservation
- Reduce sailing waits and congestion at the terminal
- Hold guaranteed space for Medical Assured Loading (MAL)
- Make Travel Assistance Program (TAP) travel more certain
Among the changes to support the Trial, Langdale will become a fare-paid terminal for vehicle traffic. The round-trip cost will be lower for those travelling with a reservation.
The Trial is tentatively set to launch on May 26 when you can make prepaid bookings with free reservations for travel between June 21 through October 13. We are now finalizing details of the Trial, and will keep you up to date as more information becomes available.
KEEPING YOU INFORMED
We will ensure Sunshine Coast residents and visitors know about the Trial well in advance, including how to take advantage of new lower fares and free reservations, while still maintaining the flexibility of last-minute travel.
Here’s how BC Ferries intends to engage with the community and share information
- BC Ferries’ CEO Mark Collins will be speaking to business and community groups on the Sunshine Coast
- Information will be available to the public on bcferries.com
- Updates will be posted regularly through social media
- Local community newspaper articles
- Ongoing community engagement throughout the Trial to learn if there are ways to further improve service
- Input and engagement will be reviewed to determine the success of the Trial when it concludes in the Fall