BC Ferries sees historic drop in ridership amid travel advisories

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VICTORIA – A call from the provincial government to reduce non-essential travel in British Columbia appears to be working. According to BC Ferries, vehicle and foot passenger traffic on major routes fell by more than half on the weekend compared to the previous weekend.

Pedestrian use fell 65%, while vehicle traffic fell 50%, BC Ferries said Monday.

“People are definitely getting the message to avoid non-essential travel, which we see as a benefit,” said ferry spokeswoman Deborah Marshall. “Everyone must do their part. ”

BC Ferries says it has seen a significant drop in ridership throughout the pandemic, but last week’s drop was historic.

“When the pandemic started, we saw about an 80% drop in travel, but no, we’ve never seen numbers like this,” Marshall said.

Provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry on Thursday introduced the most severe restrictions since the start of the pandemic, including discouraging non-essential travel.

Henry called on British Columbians to refrain from all pleasure travel to neighboring areas.

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