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BC Ferries announces fare increase

B.C. residents travelling to and from one of the islands surrounding the lower mainland will have to pay a little more come next month.

As of April 1st, 2017, rates will be increasing by about 2% for drivers on the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen – Duke Point and Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay routes.

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This means that instead of paying $54.80, drivers will pay $55.80.

Although they save initiated this increase, they have made one announcement travellers will be happy to hear. As of April 1st, the reservation fee for fares will decrease by $5 for people booking a week or more in advance. For people who reserve their spot less than five days before their trip, this will mean a savings of about $1.50.

The tariff increases are necessary to cover operating costs and capital replacement projects, according to the company.

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