Friday, November 09, 2007



Terminal improvements enter next stage of construction

NANAIMO – BC Ferries’ Departure Bay terminal improvement plan is moving into a new phase of construction which will ultimately provide better service to our customers by next summer. In the meantime, the size of the holding compound and the short and long-term parking areas will be reduced while work is underway.

Water main and sewer line installation will begin at the terminal this week and construction on an expanded retail facility and upgraded passenger walkway will continue. As a result of these projects, various areas of the terminal property will be unavailable for vehicle parking while waiting for a ferry.

BC Ferries reminds vehicles and foot passengers to arrive at the terminal early to allow extra time to navigate any traffic pattern changes or construction detours. Cut-off times for sales of foot passenger, vehicle, reservation and assured loading tickets remain in effect to ensure on-time departures. Traffic controllers will be on hand to assist motorists at the terminal.

Due to the temporary reduction in size of the long-term parking lot, the use of public transit and carpooling is strongly encouraged for customers travelling as foot passengers from Departure Bay. Customers with flexible travel plans may consider sailing to and from Vancouver Island via the Duke Point – Tsawwassen or Swartz Bay – Tsawwassen routes at peak times.

“The overall plan for the Nanaimo terminal will provide many benefits for our customers by redesigning the terminal holding compound and alleviating traffic congestion on local streets in front of the terminal at peak times,” said Manuel Achadinha, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Terminal Operations. “The size of the holding compound will increase from 365 to over 625 spaces while maintaining the area in the pre-ticket zone, and the short and long-parking will increase from 300 to 550 spots. Customers are going to love the new Departure Bay Quay retail facility when it opens next summer.”

To view Nanaimo B.C. Ferry Sailing Schedule or check the current conditions at either Nanaimo Ferry Terminal use this LINK.


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