Onwards and upwards for ferry

  • Apr. 12, 2013 2:00 p.m.

After years of declines, traffic on the Prince Rupert-Skidegate ferry route has turned around and is sailing upwards. Traffic statistics for the 2012-13 year show that the route had a 4 percent increase in both vehicles and passengers, with 35,791 passengers and 13,998 vehicles taking the trip across Hecate Strait. For the month of March, results were even better. Just under 8 percent more vehicles took the ferry in March 2013 compared to March 2012, and over 4 percent more passengers. The 2013 numbers may have been affected by the fact that Easter (and its associated long weekend) was in March this year, but in April the previous year. The numbers were not quite as good for the Kwuna, which saw an overall traffic decrease for the year, although it did have an upward surge in the past month. In the 2012-13 year, which ended March 31, about 2 percent less passengers took the Kwuna than did in the previous year, while vehicle traffic was down less than 1 percent. In March 2013, however, the Kwuna carried a significant19 percent more vehicles than it did in March 2012, and 12 percent more passengers. The total number of vehicles carried between Moresby and Graham islands in 2012-13 was 41,836; the total number of passengers was 87,441.