How would they ever even upgrade Horseshoe Bay? There's no space :O
I kind of want to see a trans-Georgia Strait Crossing. It would fit along with other Metro Vancouver MegaProjects that will never happen, like the 3rd crossing, and Skytrain to Chilliwack.
"Prince Edward Island’s $1-billion (1997 dollars) Confederation Bridge is only 12.9 km long and is set in water 35 m deep with a rock bottom. In comparison, a fixed bridge across British Columbia’s Georgia Strait would be 26 km in length, in water up to 365 m deep and in a zone with much higher seismic risk."
lol, that's not happening
But really, they should just cut wages. That'll make plenty of $$$ to run Horseshoe Bay while we build a bridge across Sunshine Coast.
If they complain, take a lesson from Reagan and fire the workers. They're not the people paying for their bloated service anyways.
Can someone give me an overview why these people have unions anyways? Aren't they public sector workers, who will always be catered to anyways for votes?
Who thought this was a good idea? The Unions?
Either that, or auction off chunks of BC Ferries to the Private Sector. Though this opens the door to possible back-hand corruption and monopolization that may only make the situation worse.
Or maybe build a new terminal and bridge on Bowen Island, hopefully with ample space for high speed ferries. That would be a pretty spectacular sight that would be a nice balance between a bridge and the current system.
If for some reason they actually go through with this, and North Shore/North of Fraser residents don't shut it down, then they should be prepared with major Bridge upgrades in George Massey, QueensBrough, Alex Fraser, the SFPR, Pautello, Knight St, and Oak St, and Road expansions (possibly one-way roads) in Oak St., and Grandville. If there's even room for such a thing.
But that would probably be so expensive it negates the entire point to 'saving money' anyways. It's like buying a new compact car just so you can save a few gallons of gas off your 3-year old compact.
Regarding the Passenger Ferry, I think such a system should be built alongside a faster Seabus, and be built on Portside Park(if the Convention Centre thing doesn't pan out). Fairly close to Waterfront (may require a 'small' Skytrain extension), and ample space. Only problem is being close to a major port, and losing park space.
In conclusion: The people running BC Ferries are morons, and Public Sector Employees are over-payed and over-pensioned at the expense of everyone else. Go figure.