Improvements to Transit On Tap for Council
Prince George, B.C.- Council for the City of Prince George meets this evening and one item on the agenda calls for approval of improvements to the transit system .
Specifically, the matter calls for service on statutory holidays and improved weekend service, as well as the addition of another community bus. The report to Council says the new community bus wouldn’t be available for 18 months, so that feature wouldn’t start until September of 2019. The stat holiday and weekend service upgrades would start September 2017.
The transit piece fits nicely with the white paper on student needs in the City. That presentation is the work of the Select Committee on Student needs. The Committee had representation from students at UNBC, CNC and School district 57 and presents about two dozen recommendations for consideration. Transportation was noted as the number one priority by the Committee, which calls for:
- Provision of statutory holiday service
- Improved weekend service frequency
- Increased span of daily service
- Development of a rapid and frequent transit service network
The Committee also set forth a number of recommendations on issues of housing, recreation, employment and culture.
City Council will also be called upon to grant the first three readings of a bylaw that will boost the hotel room tax from 2% to 3%. The proposal to boost that tax is being supported by 67% of the accommodation owners in the City representing 74% of all available rooms. The threshold to move forward on this issue required 51% approval.