To the Editor,
Re: Price caps limit fare increases, March 19.
How gullible does Todd Stone, the B.C. Transporation Minister, think the ferry-riding public is? So we now have ‘price caps’ of nearly two per cent per year for four years starting next year, after a four-per cent increase coming in a couple of weeks. As he said, we are at the tipping point. Yes we are, so we need to roll back prices and thus increase ridership, not add six per cent over the next year.
And the ferry commissioner’s report says “ferry users accepted service level adjustments.” What choice did we have? B.C. Ferries dictates to us what we must pay, with the agreement of the government, not to mention the millions in assistance the government hands over to them. We’ve had enough. There has been a hew and cry for at least two to three years now to return B.C. Ferries to the government. The private system has not and does not work.
Really, this has been talked to death; it’s time for some immediate action to stop the continued gouging of the public.