The Sunshine Coast is suffering. Ferries are the only and main artery to and from the coast. The artery is severely clogged, and a major bypass needed to retain and expand the health of the community.
Build the Connector now. The coast community from Port Mellon to Powell River, and indeed, to Comox and mid/north island, will benefit greatly.
This is a Canadian and BC project, for now and the future.
Passenger only vessels is also a must, if BC Ferries does not want to operate them, they have be able to use the terminals.
And we still need ferries, and they must be built here in BC.
Floating bridges can be used many places in BC. Some need over or under passes for marine traffic.
A mass produced alternative
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The Sunshine Coast Connector, or the Fixed Link, will cost more not to build, in the future of Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.
I now live in Duncan, and have relatives that would like to visit for the long weekend, Canada Day. The Fixed Link is just as important to me and everybody living on Vancouver Island, alternative travel to the Mainland.
One ferry is down, not the first time, not the last time, on the busiest day of the year.
A Fixed Link at Porteau Cove, road to Port Mellon, new bypass road to Earls Cove, a bridge to Nelson Island, new ferry terminal at Vanguard Bay, a short ferry ride to Saltery Bay. The Comox ferry could dock there.
You then have a one ferry ride to mid Vancouver Island. That would be nice this weekend, for mine, and all other visitors.
I have just read the study, and must make some comments, not in order of importance.
- Thank you , even if it was a year late.
- The terms of referance was too narrow. Communities, interest groups and organizations should have had input.
- The study looks at a link to Gibsons, and Sechelt. These are two relative small communities that are doing well, and better if they had a reliable transportation to the Mainland.
- The Sunshine Coast is not an Island, but part of the Mainland.
- The largest town on the Sunshine Coast is Powell River. They initiated this desperate request. They have to take two ferries. They, and the lower Sunshine Coast, have also the extra traffic from Comox, mid Vancouver Island. They now have to take 3 ferries.
- They could have only one.
- All they need is a bypass road on the Sechelt peninsula.
- All this not mentioned in the study.
- The cost of purchasing and operating ferries compared to a Link.
- A Fixed Link would last 100 years or more
- A ferry may be 40, with 2 or 3 refits.
- The enviromental savings using cars in stead of ferries.
- The cost of operating and upgrading terminals.
- This cost alone would finance a crossing.
- All this area is part of the Mainland.
- Highway 1 – Trans Canada – ends in Horsehoe Bay, this is just an extention, on the same Mainland.
- The study only looked at the most costly crossing, two Golden Gate bridges over Anvil Island. The only reasonable crossing is at Porteau Cove, where the Howe Sound is shallow. Not mentioned at all.
- The study should have looked at a marine chart.
- That crossing can also link Woodfibre LNG, our largest employer to be.
- There was no mention of passenger only ferries, a must.
- There was no mention of land development, residential, commercial and waterfront deep sea docks. All a shortage in Burrard Inlet.
- The Sunshine Coast have plenty.
- There was no mention of getting much of the West Van traffic spread over 24 hrs. on Sea to Sky.
- There was no mention of the traffic that would prefere Squamish, Pemberton to Pr. George or Kamloops on the way east, avoiding West and North Van, and Fraser Vally.
Stay tuned, this is the beginning, not the end of a Fixed Link
This is much of the future – now !!