It’s hard to believe that Metro Vancouver, for all of its waterways, has so little in the way of passenger marine transport. Yes, there is the SeaBus, which is one of the most successful people-movers in the region. There are also water taxis that ply the waters of False Creek. But after that, it’s pretty slim pickings. And that’s a shame.
So it’s good to see that at least one local company, Coastal Link Ferries, is trying to resurrect passenger ferry service in the Lower Mainland — with a route that connects downtown Vancouver to Bowen Island.
In a letter to that community’s newspaper, the Bowen Island Undercurrent, Coastal Link’s Peter Green explains how his firm is trying to acquire space at the downtown Vancouver SeaBus station to better his ferry service.
Writes Green: “On Oct. 29 we launched our service to downtown Vancouver from Bowen Island. Many of our commuters and would-be riders have stated that they consider the SeaBus terminal to be the ideal connection point for a passenger ferry, and our hope is to reduce the number of cars traveling on and off the island and to offer more connections and options for our passengers.”
“On April 20, 2005, an article published in the Province indicated that TransLink and the Greater Vancouver Transit Authority would test a water-based service between Bowen Island, the North Shore and the SeaBus terminal within a year. It is another example of an unfulfilled promise for the traveling public on Bowen.”
And Green is reaching out to the public to have TransLink open up some space at its SeaBus terminal for the new ferry service.
“We ask regular and occasional riders, or anyone who is anxious to see a reduction in our carbon footprint, – to visit the TransLink site to make a customer comment. Visit http://www.translink.bc.ca and select About Translink, Contact Us and Customer Feedback. Your comments – hopefully encouraging TransLink to finalize arrangements for the Coastal Link Ferry access to the SeaBus terminal – will be recorded and submitted to the TransLink Customer Service department.”