BC Ferries hikes Bowen fares

Car-and-driver to pay $3.25 more during summer peak season


(The Bowen Island Undercurrent, March 21st 1997, p1: with permission)

It will cost a lot more to take your car on the ferry this summer.

During peak season-late June to Early September-the short ferry ride to and from Snug Cove will cost $21 for a car and driver. That's an increase of $3.25 over the current fare of $17.70, which was in place year-round.

The price increase is a little easier to take during the low season. The car-and-driver toll will be only $18.50 before June 26 and after September 7.

Walk-on passengers will pay an extra 50 cents, for a total of $4.75, during the high season and an extra quarter($4.50)during the low season.

The new fares ae effective Monday,March 24.

BC Ferries announced the new system-wide increased fares Wednesday and blamed the hikes on the need to become financially self sufficient and improve cost recovery on its smaller routes, such as the Horseshoe-Bay-Snug Cove.

"The smaller operating routes now have a combined operating loss of $44.6 million a year."BC Ferrries Frank Rhodes said in a press release. "These modest price increases move BC Ferries towards improved cost recovery on them."

Rhodes noted the increases are the first general adjustments in fares in more than two years. he added that rising operating costs, including fleet and terminal upgrading, also contributed to the increase.

Bowen's car-and-driver fare increases were among the steepest in the BC Ferries system. Peak season fares on Vancouver Island routes will rise by $3 for a car-and-passenger. However, those passengers face larger increases for walk-on passengers and will also have to pay additional fares during shoulder season.

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