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BC Ferries says ridership up over past two months, and predicts good summer

BC Ferries is tooting its own horn a bit.

The company says the latest ridership numbers show a big uptick it both vehicle and passenger traffic for February and March.

CEO Mike Corrigan says traffic across the system climbed around 10 per cent in February and 5 per cent in March. And, he says they expect the trend to continue.

“These numbers are very positive and we are optimistic we’ll have an outstanding summer for traffic on BC Ferries this year,” he adds. “Indications are that lower gas prices and a weaker Canadian dollar will combine to increase traffic this summer. We are also optimistic for the future with annual preliminary price caps set at or below inflation at 1.9 per cent from 2016 to 2020.”

Corrigan says a good summer is critical to the BC Ferries bottom line. He also says, however, it may be unrealistic to expect a return to the ridership numbers the company was posting before the 2008 recession.

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