Travelling to Vancouver Island could be about to get a whole lot easier. *There could be a new BC Ferries terminal built soon near the Vancouver International Airport. In a new report released by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation, the new proposed YVR B.C. Ferries terminal would be a strategic move for transit in the region.
The proposed terminal at YVR would “significantly reduce crossing times to Vancouver Island while offering better integration with Vancouver International Airport and the Canada Line,” according to the report. The location for this proposed new terminal is on Iona Island which is right next to YVR airport in Richmond.
Now, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena is set to meet with communities that rely on BC Ferries service to discuss the possibilities and to see if a new ferry terminal near YVR would help to improve service to the areas.
Right now, Vancouver is connected to Vancouver Island by terminals at Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay. Both are a significant drive away from the centre of Vancouver. Iona Island, however, is connected to YVR by a causeway and it's much closer to both rapid transit and the city of Vancouver.
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Iona Island houses a wastewater treatment plan as well as a regional park. It could be an ideal home for a BC Ferries terminal and that would make our lives a lot easier because we wouldn't have to drive or take the bus all the way to Tsawassen or West Vancouver to catch a ferry.
Trevena said in a statement that “decisions on transportation investments have long-lasting impacts – that’s why it’s important that the people of British Columbia should have a say in the future of coastal ferry transportation.”
“Our government has restored 2,700 ferry sailings, reduced and frozen ferry fares and amended legislation, all of which are resulting in benefits to communities. Our next step is to develop a broad provincial vision so we can be sure that we have the right ferry services in place in the future,” Trevena continued.
This plan for a new ferry terminal is just one of the many upgrades to BC Ferries in recent times. The Horseshoe Bay Terminal recently got a $500 million investment to upgrade its services.
*This article has been updated.