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General News · 18th June 2019
June 17, 2019

Roadway Congestion Causing Safety and Service Problems
BC Ferries requests customers who are parking vehicles on the roadway leading to Whaletown Terminal on Cortes Island, as a way to ensure they are loaded on the first sailing the following day, to do so only after the last daily sailing has left
Both safety and loading problems arise when people leave vehicles parked along the road prior to the sailing scheduled to depart Cortes at 5:50 pm

BC Ferries employees strive to provide the best customer service possible, we ask for the cooperation of our local customers to eliminate these problems by only leaving a vehicle parked after the last daily sailing has left.

Thank you for your courtesy and support.
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energy to waste
Comment by Michel Levesque on 25th June 2019
Wow you all have a lot of energy to waste. It's a big problem. I don't know, I go after the ferry has left and voila, no problem. you would think we live in L.A. or something.
people are people
Comment by arpad on 23rd June 2019
this is a 'tragedy of the commons' situation. everyone would be happy to have a second lineup further up the road / somewhere else IF they were sure that someone else would not sneak by and get in the ferry line to be first the next day.
One workable solution I see is to empower the ferry folk to fine those that get in line for a ferry they do not intend to take.
Unfortunately appeals to decency do not work in this type situation WITHOUT the penalty aspect. It only takes one fly to ruin the ointment...
The Ultimate Solution
Comment by George McKenzie on 22nd June 2019
I propose a network of flying cars that connect into a hub in Herriot Bay. That way any risk of extreme crossover flux connection displacement will be reduced to a safe least in Whaletown. ;)
A further thought
Comment by Ian Ross on 22nd June 2019
Ideally what is needed is a two-lane terminal, one lane dedicated to traffic waiting for the next sailing (or, if in an overload situation, the sailing after that) and a second lane dedicated solely to those cars lining up for the first sailing on the following day. Q-Cove was given a major infrastructure upgrade a few years back, due to the increased demand at the terminal. Whaletown may be due for some such similar solution. Not cheap, not quick, but surely something to think about.
2 lines
Comment by Michael Landry on 20th June 2019
a lineup further back from the cars waiting for the 5:50 sailing would be the best, it would also force drivers to stay until the last sailing. I have seen some people park long before 5:50 and just leave forcing others to drive around them to get on the last sailing and to be in line for the first.
Comment by Ron Kroeker on 20th June 2019
As a courtesy, if I am lining up for a next day sailing, I get out of my vehicle and let the person behind me know my intentions. Most of us who live here and do this know the drill. It is usually the tourists who do not know the routine who get left behind.
If they are a tourist or unfamiliar with the practise, I let them know what to do when loading begins: stay in line, wait your turn and once my vehicle has come to a stop, pull around me and head for the loader.
Ian, I like your idea, but if one or two people stick with the old system, I fear “blood on the road” at the lineup. Also, I suspect the folks on Byers Road and beyond may not like all the traffic turning around to line up.
I agree
Comment by Ian Ross on 20th June 2019
Wendy raises a good point: if we all race for the 5:50 boat (which often in the busy summer season can be the 6 boat or the 6:15 boat or even the 6:30 boat), the roads’ll be a blood-show (and if not our blood, then at least the blood of birds and deer).
What if there were a pre-arranged place out of the ferry line-up’s way, where cars waiting to park for the first sailing in the morning could line up in a first-come/first-in-line scenario and then, when that 6 boat leaves, those cars could make their way down into line? Say, somewhere like the edge of the road above the old take-out (Byer’s Point Road?).
Comment by Wendy L. on 20th June 2019
Imagine the race across the island to line up after the last sailing has left.
Why not make a cardboard sign - OVERNIGHTER- for your back window. There could be an extra sailing or two at the end of the day.
that's happened before
Comment by Max Thaysen on 19th June 2019
I know at least one other person who missed the last boat because they were waiting for the cars in front of them to load... but those cars were waiting for the morning. That's gotta be the worst reason to miss a ferry.
2 vehicles left behind
Comment by Ester on 18th June 2019
Last night 2 vehicles with tourists were left behind on the last sailing which was not full as they were caught up with local vehicles that were parked and left prior to our last departure at 5:50 pm.