Highway 16 Transit Public Consultation Report Released
Prince George, B.C.- With comments and suggestions from more than a thousand completed surveys and interaction with more than 700 who attended public engagement sessions, BC Transit now has a guide as to what the public wants in the way of a transportation service between Prince George and Prince Rupert.
The feedback indicated strong support for such a service, and general satisfaction with the proposed routes, bus stops and proposed new shelters, but there was one common complaint which called for more days of service per week ( most want 3 days) and most would like to see at least one of those days on the weekend.
Those who provided input indicate they travel between communities on the Highway 16 corridor for shopping, medical or dental appointments, or for social and recreational reasons.
The plan calls for four routes:
- Prince George to Burns Lake
- Burns Lake to Smithers with a link to existing service to the Hazeltons
- Smithers to Terrace, with a link to existing service to Kitimat
- Terrace to Prince Rupert
It also calls for a new bus stop at the Petro Can at Carmel Drive in Beaverly, the only new bus stop in the immediate P.G. area, as the other stops in the City make use of current exchange and bus stop locations.
However, there are numerous additional bus stops and shelters proposed for the rest of the route to Prince Rupert.
The proposed service between communities on the Highway16 Corridor from Prince George to Prince Rupert is part of the Province’s $5 million Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan for new and expanded transportation services along the corridor. The proposed BC Transit services focus on offering same-day return travel between smaller communities and their closest larger centre.
As part of the action plan, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) committed $1 million for the installation of advanced safety features, including enhanced bus stop shelters and CCTV cameras.
The service plan will now be developed or tweaked according to the feedback received during this public engagement process. The next step will see the revised version of possible routes and bus stop locations presented to local governments and First Nations so the local decision makers can give the green light for the plan to be implemented.
More information will be available later this year.
The full report on the consultation results can be accessed here.
The report on proposed new bus stops, shelters and routes, can be accessed here.