July 15, 2014 11:30 am

Passenger ferry between Nanaimo and Vancouver could be running by 2015

Downtown Vancouver

Christine Tam/Global News

VANCOUVER – Passenger ferry service between Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver could be up and running as early as next year.

Nanaimo city council has now approved a lease agreement for a terminal in that city, which is needed for the service to go ahead.

Island Ferries already has the boats, but needed a terminal. The company will take possession of the land this October and hopes to have service running by the end of next March.

When it starts operating two catamaran ships will be able to travel from Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver in 68 minutes.

It will likely cost about $31 one way.

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