This past summer was one of the busiest ever experienced on Route 19 between Nanaimo and Gabriola, and that presented some real issues for Gabriolans and for visitors.  The Gabriola FAC would like to find out what your summer ferry experiences were like, so please give us some feedback in this 5-minute survey.

* 1. Approximately how frequently did you travel on the Quinsam over the past summer?  (Consider one trip to be "there and back".)

* 2. What time of day were your typical trips from Gabriola?

* 3. What time of day were your typical trips from Nanaimo?

* 4. How do you normally travel on the Gabriola-Nanaimo ferry?

* 5. There were some serious capacity issues on our ferry this summer.  Rank the following issues from "1" for  most problematic to "6" for least problematic for you.  (There's a chance to add comments in the subsequent question.)

* 6. Are there other issues that you'd like us to know about this summer on the Gabriola-Nanaimo ferry?

* 7. We're not expecting anyone to provide significant solutions to this summer's capacity problems by next summer, but we'd like to know what you think some of the solutions might be.  Please rank the following from "1" for your favourite idea (what you think would be most effective) to "5" for your least favourite idea.  You'll be given a chance to add your own ideas in the next question.

* 8. Do you have any suggestions for solving the capacity problem on our ferry route?

* 9. The FAC is very concerned about traffic safety on the Gabriola side, and has been pushing BC Ferries and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to make some changes.  There is no certainty that any changes will be made, but please rank the following in order from "1" for the most effective solution to "4" for the least effective solution.  Again, you'll be given a chance to make your own suggestions in the subsequent question.

* 10. Do you have any suggestions for solving the traffic safety problem in the line-up?

* 11. Do you have any other comments relevant to the capacity issues this past summer, including any comments on how you were personally or financially affected by the long waits?

Thank you for completing the survey!  Your opinion is important to us. 
Everyone is welcome to attend the next FAC meeting with BC Ferries representatives at the Gabriola Arts Council Hall, 476 South Rd., on November 15th from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM.  We'd be happy to see you there.