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BC Ferries: Nanaimo-Horseshoe Bay route-cut proposal sparks outrage

11/05/2014 02:23 EST | Updated 01/05/2015 05:59 EST
BC Ferries is facing a huge backlash after an efficiency improvements report suggested the service between Nanaimo and Horseshoe Bay may be cut.

Among other ideas regarding the route, the report proposes it become a passenger-only service or be re-routed entirely through Tsawwassen.

The report's suggestions went public on Tuesday night. By Wednesday morning, it was the one topic on the minds of everyone waiting to go to Nanaimo from Horseshoe Bay.

The proposed changes did not sit well with BC Ferries user Ken Rayfuse.

"I don't know what this government is doing. They are taking so much money away, and not thinking about the people," Rayfuse told CBC reporter Richard Zussman.

Fellow passenger Steve Karagianis isn't confident the huge public uproar against the proposed service cut will make a difference.

"You know there's a cooperation trying to get as much money as they can. They will do whatever they can and the government seems to be beholden to that principle," said Karagianis.

Meanwhile, BC Ferries says there is still going to be extensive public consultation into any proposed changes to routes and the government says no final decision will be made until the end of 2015 at the earliest.

BC Ferries proposals prompt scathing Twitter comments

BC Ferries users travelling Wednesday weren't alone in their disapproval. Many British Columbians also took to Twitter to voice their outrage at the idea. You can see a Storify of Twitter comments railing against the idea below.

On mobile? Click here to read our Storify of Twitter reaction to the proposed cut

Read the BC Ferries report

- On mobile?Click here to read the Sept. 30, 2014 BC Ferries efficiency plan

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