04/30/2015 08:55 EDT | Updated 08/09/2015 04:59 EDT

BC Ferries' new pilot program allows foot passengers to make free reservations

Starting May 1, BC Ferries will allow foot passengers travelling from Tsawwassen to any island serviced on the Tsawwassen-Southern Gulf Islands route to make free reservations over the phone.

Prior to this announcement, foot passengers were unable to make reservations.

There are a few stipulations to the program:

- Full fare must be paid in advance by phoning BC Ferries Customer Call Centre or with BC Ferries Vacations.

- Fares are non-refundable, but are transferable to another sailing.

- Reservations can be made up to two hours prior to desired sailing.

- Customers must check-in a minimum of 40 minutes prior to scheduled sailing time.

- Space is limited.

BC Ferries says there will still be tickets available for foot passengers to purchase at the terminal,