Today the Capital Regional District (CRD) Transportation Committee voted to recommend advocating for a full West Shore Ferry feasibility study to provide certainty about whether it is a transportation solution the region should pursue.
"In a region surrounded by water, it would be irresponsible not to fully explore the feasibility of marine travel as one approach to addressing traffic congestion and achieving our active transportation and clean energy goals," said Colwood Mayor Rob Martin.
In March 2019, BC Ferries published a pre-feasibility study that supported the feasibility and financial viability of a passenger ferry from Royal Bay in Colwood to Ship Point in downtown Victoria.
The study suggests a passenger ferry has great potential to reduce traffic congestion in the region while increasing transit ridership and active transportation by providing an alternative to the single occupancy vehicle, thereby helping the region achieve its clean energy goals.
At the same time, a unique new connection between the West Shore and downtown Victoria would support our region's economic recovery and the rebound of the tourism industry as we move beyond the pandemic.
The recommendation to make a West Shore Passenger Ferry feasibility study an Advocacy Priority will go to the May 12, 2021 CRD Board meeting for consideration. With support from the Board, the next step will be to work with the Province and other partners to undertake the study.
Sandra Russell, Communications Manager
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