VICTORIA - The commissioner of BC Ferries has proposed fare increases capped at 1.9 per cent for four years -- from April 2016 to March 2020.

Gord Macatee says he based his decision on lower fuel prices and reduced executive compensation, which is now in line with several Crown corporations.

He says that four years ago, BC Ferries customers were facing the possibility of fares rising by as much as 80 per cent on some routes.

Macatee says cost controls have been achieved with good outcomes and customer satisfaction.

The public is invited to comment on the fare proposal until June 30, and a final decision will be made in September.

The independent BC Ferry Commission regulates fares charged by BC Ferries.