BC Ferries has released the March 2014 Ferry Traffic Report.

The Chemainus-Thetis-Penelakut (Route 20) saw a slight bump in vehicle traffic of 1.68 per cent; however, Keith Rush, Thetis-Penelakut Chair of the Ferry Advisory Committee said the numbers were down for foot traffic.

Rush said he expected that trend to continue into the future.

The Ferry Advisory Committee Chair for Saltspring Island, Harold Swierenga said the numbers are down more than he thought they would be, and he admits part of the reason for that would be the Easter long weekend being in April.

But, he said much of the dip in ridership has to do with the fare increases that took effect April 1st.

Swirenga said the underlying problem will be that people will get used to not using the ferries as much as they had been.

On April 28, 2014 ferry service cuts will be introduced including the Chemainus-Thetis-Penelakut and Crofton-Vesuvius routes.