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Duke Point Ferry cuts in effect today

Oct 13 2012

Four sailings per day will be cut on the Duke Point-Tsawwassen ferry route starting today.

B.C. Ferries is selectively cutting service on its major routes to reduce costs amid declining ridership.

The first of this round of cuts was implemented earlier this month, with sailings eliminated in Nanaimo on the Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay route and in Victoria on the Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen route.

The Duke Point route will lose the greatest number of sailings reductions to date.

"It's the most extensive, with the most round-trips [cut]," said Darin Guenette, B.C. Ferries spokesman. "It will be 48 round trips a year."

Eighteen round-trips were slashed on the Departure Bay run, while 32 were cancelled on the Victoria-Vancouver route.

B.C. Ferries started to phase in the cuts on Oct. 1.

As of Oct. 13, the Duke Point-Tsawwassen run will lose the sailings on both sides of the Strait of Georgia at 5: 15 a.m. and 5: 45 p.m. Saturdays.

It will eliminate eight crossings a day. B.C. Ferries has to shave $30 million over the next three years.

"We looked at possible cuts to major routes with low utilization," Guenette said.

Next month the public input process begins into where else to make cuts to reach the full $30-million goal.

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