Originally Posted by Stingray2004
Huhhhhh???? BC Ferries privatized?
The owner of BC Ferry Services is the BC government. All that occurred was that the ownership structure of BC Ferries was changed from a crown corp. to the very successful YVR model.
That is... provide a quality product to the consumer and no more ill-conceived political interference... Seen tooooooo much of that over the past few decades.
Ya aren't now saying that YVR is privatized??? It's a different and, IMHO, a more effective governing and operating structure.
BC Ferries is quite different from YVR's model. YVR isn't a corporation at all but a non-profit entity which actually has quite a few subsidiaries that operate airports worldwide.
Really, BC Ferries is the opposite model. It's legislated mandate states that it's first priority should be to look at how to effectivly privatize routes, where possible. Plus, instead of handing money to the government in the form of rent it receives a subsidy from the government. *rants*
Anyways......Vancouver Island would be much better served having improved transportation systems on the Island itself. The E&N railway has recently been purchased by a non-profit group operated by different municipal governments along its route who are trying to revitalize it into a commuter link. Currently it runs one train a day LEAVING downtown Victoria during the morning rush and RETURNING during the evening rush. The opposite way it should run really. Considering how much growth is occuring in the western suburbs of Victoria and upisland, this is really important. All of Victoria's large tower proposals are in the western suburbs (eg. a 42 story tower on top of an equally large mountain).
As well, the highways SUCK. A two-lane country road connection Victoria to the rset of the Island is NOT enough. Plus the highway to the ferry with all those stoplights is extremely dangerous since it carries so much traffic. These are the issues Islanders really want that money spent on!