The SSTS solution links passenger-only high-speed downtown-to-downtown ferries with LRT connections, sparking development of a self-sustaining traffic loop that transforms the service from a highway to a Regional Transit Service.
We create the backbone for sustainable bread-and-butter development and growth by re-structuring BC Ferry Corporation (BCFC)’s Nanaimo-Vancouver service away from a Highway to a public-private Regional Transit Service:
A) Splitting operations into Passenger-Only and Passenger/Vehicle ferries;
B) Docking Passenger-Only Ferries at Nanaimo's Cruise Ship Terminal;
C) Docking all Passenger/Vehicle Ferries at Duke Point (closing Departure Bay); and
D) Planning and Building a Nanaimo LRT system.
Past attempts to create a passenger ferry service used a single small vessel, simply trying to compete without looking at the larger regional economy picture.
A Vancouver-Nanaimo service needs higher ridership at both ends to make economic sense: a larger year-round Island population base, greater commercial activity and employment to feed traffic to the system.