Transportation » A 2020 Update
In May 2018, the CESC requested that the CRD create a Transportation Commission for the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area. The CESC motion specified the new CRD SGI Transportation Commission have representatives from Galiano, Mayne, Pender and Saturna Islands with a mandate to oversee and coordinate the transportation initiatives relating to on-island and inter-island transportation, trails, and bikeways and liaising with the SGI Harbours Commission and with island-based Parks and Recreation Commissions regarding trails. The Commission would also be responsible for liaising with SGI-wide organizations such as the SGI Trails Society. The May 2019 Electoral Area Committee’s staff report on the subject can be read here.
At the initiative of Director Howe, the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board wrote the Province to request a strategy and plan for ongoing coordination between BC Ferries, BC Transit and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure road infrastructure planning to achieve integrated, low carbon and active transportation solutions for the Southern Gulf Islands and Salt Spring Island. The letter states “We are looking for a provincial plan of action that will advance ongoing cooperation and coordination, and will:
support public transit on the Southern Gulf Islands to parallel the very successful BC Transit service that operates on Salt Spring Island;
provide seamless integration of water and land transit systems with public transit in neighbouring metropolitan centres at the Tsawwassen, Swartz Bay and Crofton ferry terminals;
promote and support active and public BC Ferry transportation alternatives for visitors to the islands; and
investment in active transportation road improvements and cycling infrastructure on the islands.”