Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Nanaimo Fast Ferry Shaping Up?
According to Sasha Angus of the NEDC the group has given up on one source of funding and is now exploring other avenues. Angus describes securing financing for the most part the last hurdle before advancing to the next step.
There is no doubt a downtown to downtown fast ferry would be a real game changer for Nanaimo. It could turn Nanaimo into a bedroom community for those who work in Vancouver but want to enjoy the many benefits of Nanaimo living, not the least of which is much cheaper housing. It should be a boost all around for Nanaimo and could be the catalyst to propel Nanaimo foward into whatever kind of community our leaders see us becoming.
Nanaimo has not had a downtown Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver ferry service since the privately owned Harbourlynx went out of business in Feb. 2006. Old timers will remember when there used to be a downtown to downtown ferry service run by CP, which also carried cars and freight. It left from downtown beside the Gabriola Ferry terminal from the land the city now owns, known as the Wellcox property.
The language used in the Daily article could be a precursor to the Ferry company looking for financial support from the city of Nanaimo, who of course only has funds coming from the Nanaimo taxpayer. That support could come by way of tax exemptions (which the city seems to favour) or it could also include some form of direct cash input to help this service get over the hurdle of lack of funding.
I know it is still a little early to jump on this bandwagon, but without doubt this is likely the brightest star on Nanaimos' horizon, bar none!