Archive for the ‘BC Ferries’ category

BC Ferries floats Tsawwassen to Prince Rupert route

November 14, 2009

CBC News

BC Ferries is looking to open up the north coast tourism industry with a new cruise-style ferry trip connecting Tsawwassen and Prince Rupert up the Inside Passage, CBC News has learned.

“What we are proposing is every two weeks in the summertime to have the Northern Expedition come down to Tsawwassen and bring the tourists up north,” said spokeswoman Deborah Marshall.

The 30-hour ocean voyage, would depart from the Tsawwassen terminal south of Vancouver, stop over in Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, before heading up the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert on B.C.’s North Coast.

The trip, which would be BC Ferries longest route, would follow the first leg of the same scenic route up the Inside Passage taken by dozens of cruise ships carrying thousands of international passengers from Seattle and Vancouver to Alaska each summer.


Call to consider fare-hike impact on ferry users overdue

November 12, 2009

By Jack Knox, Times Colonist

Forget for a moment whether David Hahn makes a million bucks or gets paid in day-old Triple-O burgers.

Regardless of whether he and other B.C. Ferries brass are overpaid, their collective compensation packages barely dent the corporation’s $750-million annual operating budget.

No, the most intriguing part in the provincial comptroller general’s report this week was the bit that says the impact on ferry users should be considered when fares are set.

Which is what Islanders groaning under the weight of a series of hefty fare increases have been arguing for six years. Too bad that’s like saying “I told you so” to the engineers who swore the Titanic was unsinkable. Nice to be right. Sucks to be drowning.


Low density neighbourhoods prove costly for TransLink

November 10, 2009

City Caucus

Posted by Daniel Fontaine

Remote routes are a dead end for sustainable transit: Comptroller General

Last week BC’s Comptroller General released a report on the future of both BC Ferries and the much maligned TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s regional transit authority. For the most part the media focus was on the “exorbitant” executive salaries over at BC Ferries. What got overshadowed were some interesting findings relating to the impact low density suburban neighbourhoods are having on TransLink’s bottom line.

One need only visit Surrey or Pitt Meadows for a few minutes to better understand the challenge TransLink faces. Many of the Coast Mountain buses operating there are doing so at very low capacity. That’s why so many people joke about the fact the bus drivers are transporting air for the better part of their shift. Juxtapose this against the overcrowded 99-B Line servicing UBC. Empty suburban buses are not only costing TransLink a fortune, they are putting in jeopardy expansion plans in more cost-efficient high density neighbourhoods.


Million-dollar B.C. Ferries boss says he isn’t overpaid

November 10, 2009



By Frank Luba, The Province

Million-dollar B.C. Ferries boss David Hahn said Monday he isn’t overpaid, despite a Provincial Comptroller-General released Friday stating his salary — which includes bonuses and pension — is “more than double that of the largest public sector comparators.”

Last July, Hahn’s salary, including bonuses and benefits was revealed to be $1,034,680 for the fiscal year ending March 31. At that time Transportation Ministry Shirley Bond called the package “shocking”.

But Hahn fired back Monday.


The red herring review arrives – what next?

November 8, 2009

Paul Hillsdon

Lo and behold, the day after TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast packs his bags to return to New York, Minister of Transportation Shirley Bond (seriously, I preferred Falcon) released the Comptroller General’s review of the transit authority – a report that was scheduled to be released over a month ago.

Earlier this year, Bond hopped behind an outraged recessionary public that demanded wage cuts for public executives, rather than tax hikes. The review turned into a red herring that not only diverted attention from the real debate (how to pay for transit expansion), but also lied to an uneducated public that “efficiencies” in TransLink’s operations would be found and that such money could pay for the Evergreen Line – excusing Joe Blow from paying another 3 cents per litre.


“Major Translink Reform Needed”

November 8, 2009

Stephen Rees’s blog

Stephen Rees

Comptroller General Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland released her report on Translink and BC Ferries on Friday morning. I only heard about it on the CBC News that evening.

It was a rush job and was politically targeted to be critical of the role of the Mayors in this region, and was also designed to direct attention away from the province’s actions. Specifically it was designed to highlight attention on cost control and executive compensation.