Route might save costs

Re: Paving truck plunges from ferry trestle, Aug. 13.

To the Editor,

Re: Paving truck plunges from ferry trestle, Aug. 13.

The recent accident on the trestle at the Nanaimo Harbour terminal of the Gabriola Island ferry provides an opportunity for citizens to gather some information regarding the costs related to operating the Nanaimo-Gabriola ferry service.

I have always felt that the Gabriola ferry should operate from Duke Point for a variety of reasons, mainly cost related.

It will be interesting to see if the public is advised regarding the costs of the alternative service employed during the repair period.

I would expect the Duke Point-Gabriola route, combined with the water taxi for foot passengers, will actually save B.C. Ferries money and may help to show residents of Gabriola that more cost-effective alternatives are not something to be ignored or rejected out of hand.

Fred McCreath

Nanaimo