BC Ferries to trim back supplemental sailings

Duke Point-Tsawwassen route will see majority of cuts in October.

Supplemental sailings on BC Ferries’ three major southern routes will be trimmed in October, saving the corporation about $1 million annually.

In total, 98 sailings will be cut back on the Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay, Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen, and Duke Point Tsawwassen runs.

Deborah Marshall, BC Ferries spokeswoman, said the Duke Point-Tsawwassen route will be most affected with 48 round trips to be cut back for the slower fall and winter seasons.

“The most notable will be Saturdays starting Oct. 13 when the first sailing will be 7:45 a.m. and the last at 3:15 p.m.,” said Marshall. “When you look at the other sailings they were running about three-quarters empty. What customers can do is travel on the Departure Bay or Swartz Bay runs.”

Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay will see 18 round trips reduced while Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen will have 32 round trips scrapped.

Regular odd-hour service will continue on all routes, and the cancelled supplemental sailings will be re-instated in March.

For current sailing schedules and fares, visit www.bcferries.com.