John Duncan, Conservative candidate for Courtenay-Alberni announced Thursday that a re-elected Conservative government will provide the required financial support to establish the Island Ferries proposal. This will be in partnership with the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation to provide foot passenger service from downtown Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver. Duncan has been supportive of this initiative from the beginning and understands the positive impact it will particularly have on Vancouver Island residents.
“This service will be a game changer for Vancouver Island,” Duncan stated. It will lessen vehicle traffic on the lower mainland. It connects Vancouver Island residents to downtown Vancouver and the LRT system, to the Sea Bus terminal, and to the LRT system which connects to Vancouver International Airport and other major destinations in the Lower Mainland. It makes day trips affordable and feasible for people traveling in either direction. It improves the economic opportunities for business on Vancouver Island.
“The NEDC has been working closely with Island Ferries and other partners over the past year on this project,” stated Charlie Parker, Vice Chair of the NEDC. “The project provides new transportation options and will boost a host of different economic sectors in our community.”
The foot-passenger service is proposing to run two catamarans on the route capable of travelling at 37 knots, with six daily round trips taking about 68 minutes each way.