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I have read your webpage with a lot of interest because I am belonging to the people doing weekend commutes to Powell River. I am doing this since only a few month but I am already so annoyed about the ferries and was searching the web for an answer why there is no bridge between Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast. I am from Germany and I grow up with a good connection system of roads, bridges and tunnels so I was wondering why there is no fixed link. So long story short, what can we do to support a fixed link? I read that a company is hired to prove the costs for a fixed link but is there anything that we can do to get this connector? Demonstrations? Flyers? I don’t know I feel I have to do something. If you have any idea let me know!
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I live on the Sunshine Coast and have lived here for last four years. I thought I would be OK with Ferry travel but am finding it is more of a pain than I imagined. We are contemplating moving off again because of dealing with the ferry situation. I would most gladly pay a toll for as much or even a bit more than the ferry costs if I could get on and off the coast when I wanted.
If I need to travel outside of Vancouver, the day is almost half over before I can even get on and off the ferry and through the valley. There are a lot of people here on the Sunshine Coast that live all along the water and use their homes for summer homes or weekend get aways from Vancouver or elsewhere. I think a lot of these people like the degree of seclusion that comes with having no road and having to take a ferry. Money isnt an object for many of these people as they live in the most expensive homes and property on the coast. The ferry system is a means to keep the way of life the same for them but these are not the people who truly live here on a year round basis and have to deal with the ferries 12 months a year.
I think if one was to get the comments from the majority of the working people here that have families here they would love to see a connector to Vancouver. The Ferry system is a cost that will never go away and will only get more expensive and likely less service as the costs increase. A connector with a toll that pays for itself is in my opinion one that makes a lot of sense. Yes, it may change things a bit over time but change always isnt a bad thing. Change happens in all communities as time goes on and many would not be happy to see things go back to yesterday.
Cameron Hood wants 3 lanes each way for safety. I agree, but I do not expect many accidents on a new road like this. A bi-cycle lane is also necessary.
Kim Miller, Powell River Chamber of Commerce: Thanks for sharing, I have shared on our Facebook page and with some local stakeholders. Everyone likes the concept, but financially is it viable?
Actually it’s not completely out of the realm of possibilities. In the past we’ve talked about a road connector in the Port Mellon area to the Sea to Sky highway, which would eliminate the reliance on at least one of the ferry routes.
The BC Ministry of Transport has never completely rejected the idea. However, we do know there are some people on the lower Sunshine Coast that oppose having a fixed link to the lower mainland. They have valid reason, I’m sure.
Suggestion from HV, that The Province guarantee the same amount of funds as it cost to run the ferries, and let Highways build it.
Spencer Whitney: Your web site about a fixed link to the Sunshine Coast is unfortunately fueling the imaginations of the lesser-educated and idealistic of British Columbia via Facebook and other outlets. The misinformation and disregard for any kind of engineering research is insulting to anyone who lives near or visits Howe Sound.
The map upon which you scrawled your red pen is an arrogant expression of what you think is right. I can only picture you as a greedy land owner and “business developer” on the Sunshine Coast who would put this province in to more debt for your own personal gain. Luckily, the fixed link is not possible and we will all be saved from your madness.
Thank you for your response. I could well argue all your points, but just want to state that I am a pensioner, with absolutely no interest in land, property or any development. But, I have traveled some of this world, have a sound mind and entitled to solid professional opinions. Many great ideas are scribbled on a napkin, at least I used a chart. The environmental, engineering research and economic benefits, only start, if there is enough interest for this proposal.
Aldina: Oh please build this connector as soon as possible, it would be a benefit for many people
Thank you Aldina, I fully agree, Oddvin
Tom Wheeler: All access to or through our coastal communities would be wonderful I’m sure. What the Third Crossing Society hope to achieve with their concept of an overland road to connect between the North Sunshine Coast and the mainland at Squamish/Brekenridge is a transportation corridor between Vancouver Island and the Interior traveling the Duffy Lake to highway 1. ~~~ T W
I have read about your proposal and support it fully. Oddvin
Concerned Coaster : Having grown up on the Sunshine Coast, I must say that I vehemently oppose the concept of having any sort of “connector” to the true mainland. There are a number of reasons for why I feel this way… It would result in a rapid economic transition on the Sunshine Coast, yes, this could include financial profits, but at what cost? Housing prices will soar, big box stores will eliminate small, local businesses, and the entire feel of the region will change. Secondly, increased vehicle traffic to the Sunshine Coast and a lengthened drive to travel the journey will have a significant increase in CO2 emissions, thereby contributing to climate change. Lastly, the social dynamic of the Sunshine Coast would change. Ultimately, if people want an outdoorsy lifestyle with access to the city, they can achieve this through living in places like Squamish. People know what they’re committing to when moving to the Sunshine Coast and should realise that with this moves comes ferries and restricted travel. This is what keeps the Coast what it is – a healthy, vibrant, and close-knit community.
Thank you Concerned Coaster, you express very well the arguments against a road connection that I expected.
I like to respond for the sake of discussion. 30 years ago I felt I knew almost everybody on the ferries, now I seldom see anybody I know.
But I see locals going to town to do major purchases at Box stores in town. We should all support the local stores, yes, pay a little more, but you have a local store to do refunds and repairs. Food products is very important to purchase locally, mostly right at the farm gate. Fish from the dock sales. Use the Farmers Markets. Everything you find of local products safe on trucking and carbon emission.
I believe that a road would save on carbon emissions. I do not know how much the ferries emit, but it is a fair amount. Direct ferries to Saltery Bay and Comox will reduce a huge amount, and free up traffic on our roads. A toll road would allow any amount of people in each car, public transport would be much easier with buses every hour.
The Sunshine Coast will always have the outdoorsy lifestyle, because of its location, climate and people that want to live here.
The local municipalities regulate the growth.
I have one vote, you have one, I think we can find a way that enable the local businesses and way of life to sustain, and the coast will not become a bedroom community to Vancouver just because of the distance that will still be the same. Oddvin
As a 4th generation Vancouver Islander I find your comment “Islands No More” to be quite horrendous. We do NOT need more pavement connecting the Islands or less accessible coastal communities. This will NOT increase ‘economic activities’ – hogwash. It will destroy the unique character of locations that you clearly know nothing about. If you want more access to more people – move to Vancouver. If you want cheaper ferry fares – lobby the government to take our ferries back from their corporate friends. Paving paradise and turning Island communities into Vancouver burbs is NOT the solution.
Thank you Mary. I am a newcomer to the coast arriving in 1966. I have the same passionate love for the coast and the Island as you.
What happened on Prince Edward Island when they got their bridge I would like to know
I can assure you that your normal way of life would not notice any change at all. Food, gods and services should cost less.
The Province should save money.
The golfcourse might get some more greenfee players, but that can be regulated with members only hours.
Your Paradise will be the same, but if you had to travel, or get visitors from the grandchildren, it would be very much simpler.
Local by-laws regulate any development, and I could go on to try to reassure you, if you want to listen.
Have a nice day, sorry I made you upset. Oddvin