B.C. prepared to think about Colwood’s request for commuter ferry research

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The B.C. authorities is prepared to think about Colwood’s request for a feasibility research right into a commuter ferry service at Royal Bay, however isn’t making any guarantees it is going to pony up the money required to finish the work.

Colwood mayor Rob Martin stated he’s sending a letter to transportation minister Rob Fleming this week asking for $1 million to finish a full feasibility research into working B.C. Ferries service for foot-passengers between the rising Royal Bay improvement and downtown Victoria.

Fleming advised CHEK Information on Tuesday he’s open to the concept, however desires to see particulars first.

“I’d be completely satisfied to obtain that letter and likewise to have a extra detailed dialog with the mayor,” stated Fleming.

“What we’d be are issues like cost-per-ride, viability, climate implications, reliability of service and all these issues. However we’d even have to have a look at, we’ve received important investments price lots of of hundreds of thousands on the South Island that we will all get behind, a few of which individuals have been ready for a very long time.”

Fleming stated he’s working off the South Island’s long-term transportation technique — crafted by the ministry final yr — through which ferry service between Colwood and Victoria was deemed a possible long-term situation however not close to the highest of the checklist for speedy funding. Transferring it up may come at the price of different tasks, stated Fleming.

“It is going to compete with a few of the different already recognized priorities, there’s little doubt about that,” he stated. “However it is going to be attention-grabbing to see if one thing like that could possibly be viable.”

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Martin stated a commuter ferry may assist ease site visitors congestion for the Royal Bay neighborhood, which is experiencing a inhabitants increase with lots of of properties constructed by two builders.

Royal Bay’s second section, a mixed-used waterfront industrial and residential neighborhood, is working its approach by way of Colwood’s approval phases, and Martin stated he wants the ferry research achieved to find out whether or not to include that service into site visitors, roads and different infrastructure. However first, he wants the province to decide to the $1 million research.

“Till the province makes that call we’re caught,” he stated.

“A full feasibility research will take someplace between 9 to 12 months to do. As soon as the funding is in place and we’ve a inexperienced lights and go it is going to be three years to construct it out.”

Martin has additionally proposed a gondola at a close-by 10-acre city-owned plot of land that can home the brand new Royal B.C. Museum archives, suggesting it may assist transport residents throughout the freeway and on to the commuter ferry terminal.

B.C. Ferries did fee a “pre-feasibility” research of the Colwood ferry concept two years in the past. It concluded a 300-passenger catamaran, working each 30 minutes throughout peak occasions, with a fare value of $5.75, may generate income inside its first yr of operation.

Fleming stated he’s centered on getting the most individuals out of their autos for the cash obtainable inside his ministry.

“What has the potential to maneuver the most individuals on the biggest price profit is continuous to approve the bus on shoulder routes, the specific routes,” he stated.

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