November 22, 2013 4:27 pm
Updated: November 27, 2013 7:04 pm

Bowen Island resident to petition BC Ferries to reinstate all cut routes

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Bowen Island is going to lose more than 200 round trip sailings to the island once changes to some routes come into effect next April.

Residents are speaking out, saying they are a ferry-dependent community and need those sailings to live their lives and remain employed on the mainland.

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Andrew Pietrow has lived on Bowen with his family for three years and says BC Ferries needs to rethink their policy of cutting so many routes.

“They just want no fare increases so this is what they’re going to do,” he says.

Pietrow is going to ask the Bowen Island Municipality to pass a resolution at their Monday afternoon council meeting for support of a petition to reinstate the reduction in ferry service levels.

He says residents of the island need all the runs as they have no medical clinic on the island, no movie theatres and few restaurants.

“We’re a commuter run,” he says. “We’re part of Metro Vancouver.”

A meeting was held on Bowen on Thursday night to explain the upcoming changes to residents, but Pietrow says BC Ferries is not answering their questions.

“They only allow the public, they call it a Q&A period, but in the email it says they’ll only allow time for questions, not answers,” he says.

To learn more and sign the petition go to the website.

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