|dc.description.abstract||In British Columbia, growing concerns of economics, demographics, and infrastructure are impeding the traditional marine transporters that are a lifeline to the rest of Canada. Trying to offset increased costs of operating the service is one potential method of improving resilience in the transport sector, but a combination of literature review and interviews with operators and community members shows that this may not be practical. Despite similarities to other examples of “lifeline” services, such as the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland, the distances, number, and variety of communities along the coast of British Columbia pose particular challenges. Dealing with problems experienced by the isolated coastal communities will provide resilience to the transport system as a whole. This project examines the current marine transport paradigm in British Columbia and makes a number of recommendations for the development of a comprehensive coastal transport management plan. Key among these is the need to conduct a survey of the communities involved, and identify facilities that exist in communities, the lack of which is a serious concern for “visibility” when developing a management plan.
Keywords: Coastal Transport, Coastal Communities, Transport Management, Resilience, British Columbia.||en_US