January 22, 1999

Mr. Elbert K. Paul
Director, Ferry C.U.R.E. Society
P.O. Box Z-9
1645 Whitesails Drive
Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G0

Dear Mr. Paul,

In order to alleviate concerns expressed by yourself and members of your community with regards to the ferry service, I want to assure you that while BC Ferries is researching a number of different options as part of an overall move to improve cost and operating efficiencies on many routes of its service, no decisions have yet been made with respect to the proposals being evaluated for the Bowen Island/Horseshoe Bay route.

In response to commuter concerns about conflicting ferry and transit schedules, BC Ferries has been looking at a proposal for the introduction of passenger-only service on Bowen Island for some time now. The objective is not to compromise service but rather to improve it and to carefully consider the specific needs of your community in doing so.

BC Ferries has also been participating in the Bowen Island Road Strategy Planning Study with the Islands Trust, the Greater Vancouver Regional District, and the Ministry of Transportation and Highways. This study examines all aspects for improving transportation systems both on and to and from Bowen Island, and contains a number of recommendations regarding ferry service to Bowen Island.

Again, I want to reiterate that the introduction of passenger-only service and the substitution of the Howe Sound Queen for the Queen of Capilano are only proposals at this point. I can assure you that BC Ferries will not be in a position to consider changes to this route until the fall of 1999.

While BC Ferries is committed to improving its fiscal performance, the Corporation is also committed to working closely with local communities to ensure that customers receive the best possible service at an affordable price.

Yours truly,


B. Curtis Eaton