Cuts looming, ferry traffic surging

  • Feb. 12, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Traffic on Haida Gwaii’s two ferry routes continues to surge, as the province moves ahead with plans to reduce service. The number of vehicles on the Prince Rupert-Skidegate ferry climbed 14 percent in January, compared to the previous January, while the number of passengers was up 15 percent. The ferry carried 710 vehicles and 1,584 passengers across Hecate Strait during the first month of this year, compared to 624 vehicles and 1,380 passengers in January 2013. Traffic for this route is up more than 6 percent so far this fiscal year, since April 1, 2013. The surge continued on the Kwuna route also, the short sailing that connects Graham and Moresby Islands. The number of vehicles rose 6 percent, with 2,778 making the trip this past January compared to 2,620 the previous January. The number of passengers was up by 8 percent, to 5,115 this past month compared to 4,739 the year before.

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