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Highway 16 Transportation Plan Moves Forward

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 @ 3:20 PM


Transportation Minister Todd Stone, and  Minister in charge of  Aboriginal relations, John Rustad, unveil  Action Plan

Prince George, B.C.- Long called the Highway of Tears because  of the number of women who have gone missing  or have been murdered along this corridor, Minister of Transportation, Todd Stone   says  that as of today,  16 memorandums of understanding have been signed with  communities from Prince Rupert to Prince George for BC Transit expansion.  “That means every single community along that corridor, has  signed on,  has committed, not just in principle to this plan, but in funding  to ensure there is transit service available connecting their respective communities.”

He  says work will begin  soon to develop routes and schedules with the service expected to be operating by the end of this year.

Stone also announced  $2 million dollars  in new federal and provincial funding  for the Highway 16  Transportation Action plan first announced in December of 2015.

He  also announced that as of today, applications  are being accepted  for grants to buy community   vehicles to provide transportation, “We will be accepting applications for grants under that program until September 16th 2016.”

Stone says there is no “one size fits all” plan for the region, and that is why  each community  and  First Nation’s  concerns  have been taken into account to  ensure  each  community   has the tools  it needs to  provide transportation service.

A request  for proposals has been posted on BC Bid for a qualified  organization to provide driver education training for First Nations  to increase the number of class 4 and 5 drivers  along the corridor.

All weather transit shelters have been purchased and will  soon be installed.   Three new webcams have been installed in the Smithers  area and additional  web cams will be installed in the months to come.

Stone  says there will also be increased collaboration and co-ordination between existing transportation service providers along the corridor.

Over the coming weeks and months, the ministry will be further engaging with First Nations Chiefs and Councils, mayors and councillors, First Nations organizations, and community groups, to ensure that they are kept up to date

on the implementation plan and have the information they need to participate in the actions outlined today.

“These steps will soon translate into tangible results for First Nations communities and local  communities up and down the Highway 16 corridor” sais Stone, “Recognizing again  that this is an 800 kilometer corridor,  we want to ensure that  development of a plan that’s going to work in each of these different communities.”

Here is the dollar breakdown for  the  transportation plan:

  1. Transit expansion, : up to  $2.4 million over 3 years
  2. Community Transportation grants, Up to  $800 thousand dollars over three years
  3. First Nations Driver education :Up to  $300 thousand over 3 years
  4. Webcams and Transit Shelters : Up to $1.5 million over 2 years
  5. Collaboration to increase interconnectivity





I smell an election on the horizon! There be suddenly discovered dollars in the coffers again.

I wonder what Greyhound could have done with 5 million bucks.

    I am surprised the government has not thought of asking Greyhound to be partners in this endeavour.

    Nothing that they do not already do. They are long distance operators with fleets of large buses, not the types of small vehicles appropriate for what is required in this case.

    Smaller vehicles operating more frequently. More like airporter vehicles in some cases.

    They are proposing more Class 4 license holders

    unrestricted is for vehicles with passenger capacity up to 24

    restricted is for vehicles with passenger capacity up to 9

Greyhound not so great. Besides I think we should have a reliable Canadian bus company. One that understands the vastness and how small the communities are in the north.

Wonder how long those transit shelters will last?

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