What can we learn from the BC Ferries?

WSF is often compared to the BC Ferry system for a variety of reasons. BC Ferries are facing many of the same issues we are grappling with including reduced levels of service, decreased ridership, rising fuel prices, and a call to make the system profitable. One notable difference however, is the fact that the BC system has already been partially privatized with negative results.

As we think about what steps we can take to work toward resolving ongoing concerns related to WSF, it would be worth our time to learn more about the current situation with the BC system to avoid making similar mistakes here. Begin with this article, which appeared last Monday on Canada.com and this article posted on 5/31/11.

Here are a few additional links to recent articles related to the BC system (thanks, Gordon Jonasson!)

BC Ferries Remain a Political Problem

BC Ferries needs to pull up a chair and listen

Government fails BC Ferries

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About sjbrooksyoung

Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer, and technology curriculum specialist. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education journals. She is also author of a number of books which focus on how school leaders can implement the NETS*A Standards. Susan works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in schools. Susan and her husband live on Lopez Island, WA.

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