The MV Quinitsa docking at the Crofton terminal. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The MV Quinitsa docking at the Crofton terminal. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Petition for improved Crofton-Vesuvius ferry service approaching 1,800 signatures

Organizer David Courtney still hoping to reach 2,000 by Monday’s deadline

The petition for a two-ferry service between Crofton and Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island is still going strong.

The concern is alleviating traffic lined up for the ferry on Chaplin Street in Crofton and on the road leading up to the Vesuvius terminal on the Salt Spring side. At the same time, petition organizer David Courtney has said a better schedule on the Crofton-Vesuvius route would also be beneficial to easing congestion at Fulford Harbour, with traffic migrating to Vesuvius.

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“As we close in on 1,800 petitions we owe a debt of gratitude to ferry petitioners from Crofton, Chemainus and the Mid-Island communities,” he noted.

The majority of the early petitions were from Salt Spring, with the bulk from within North Cowichan after the first week.

“The support of the Chemainus Valley Courier, Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Al Siebring and council has been nothing short of remarkable,” added Courtney.

“We intend on bundling the petitions up, along with a covering letter to BC Ferries CEO Mark Collins and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming on Monday, January 17, 2022.”

Courtney is hopeful the petition total can still reach 2,000 by Monday. The petition can be found on-line at change.org and searching for The Fix for Route 6.

The mission for Courtney and the patrons of Route 6 is not just for improved ferry service but for work on the new Crofton ferry terminal to progress.

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