Lengthy lineups and a scarcity of reservations has led some folks to resell unneeded B.C. Ferries reservations on-line.
Whereas B.C. Ferries doesn’t take concern with reselling reservations and most resellers look like providing reservations free of charge or at price, some residents fear there may be the potential to use the already overburdened system for revenue.
“You might stroll up and down the ferry lineup exterior the terminal promoting a reservation, I’m certain, for twice the value,” mentioned Duane Burnett, administrator of a Fb group for Sunshine Coast residents.
“It jogs my memory of ticket scalpers … to see so many individuals shopping for, promoting, buying and selling or giving freely their reservations.”
Vancouver resident Mike Baur not too long ago recouped his prices on two further August lengthy weekend reservations to Langdale when it was clear he wouldn’t want them.
“The particular person was very joyful to get it,” he mentioned.
Baur, who has a trip dwelling on the Sunshine Coast, watches the B.C. Ferries web site intently when reservations open for the 12 months, then books all his long-weekend sailings. This 12 months, his fastidiously thought of plans went awry when the COVID-19 pandemic compelled B.C. Ferries to cut back sailings, then later add extra.
The brand new sailings meant Baur’s reservations have been shuffled round, and as an alternative of getting a spot on a day ferry on Labour Day, he was scheduled to take an early-morning ship as an alternative.
“I used to be on the telephone for hours making an attempt to alter it,” he mentioned. “I will need to have been one of many first 10 folks to e-book for that day, however it’s clearly not first-come, first-served.”
On the “Sunshine Coast B.C. Ferry Complaints” Fb web page, posts from folks in search of reservations to keep away from the lineups have gotten more and more frequent.
Sunshine Coast resident Shad Mild not too long ago gave away a ferry reservation when his father’s medical appointment on the mainland was rescheduled. The girl who took it was getting back from a hospital in Vancouver, the place her daughter had undergone coronary heart surgical procedure.
“It was a giant deal for her to get that reservation. It reveals you what the influence is of the lengthy waits,” Mild mentioned.
B.C. Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall mentioned lineups can attain as much as eight hours on some routes.
Ferry visitors is down about 30 per cent throughout the system in comparison with a standard summer season, however there are fewer sailings. Employees should additionally give precedence to residents of coastal communities, as per a ministerial order, “so meaning they’re bypassing all of the non-residents who’ve to attend, so it’s the non-residents which might be dealing with the main waits,” Marshall mentioned.
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