City to Pay $50 Grand for Highway 16 Service
Prince George, B.C. – The City of Prince George will contribute up to $50 thousand dollars as its 2017 share of the operating budget for the Highway 16 Inter Community Transit Service.
Council approved the expenditure this evening, but there are still some questions to be answered.
The Ministry of Transportation is committed to covering the capital cost of three buses for this service. The lifespan of the buses is five years, and there is no indication at this time if the Ministry will be funding replacement buses at the end of that three year period, or if the normal Transit funding formula would apply at that time. The traditional funding formula calls for a 53.31% local share of the replacement costs.
Although the Ministry has indicated it plans to support the service in the long term, the current operating commitment is for the three year period.
Council has unanimously supported the expenditure. Councillor Murry Krause says he is “glad to see it (the transit service) is finally coming to be.”
Mayor Lyn Hall says the Regional District Director from Beaverly has agreed to contribute some money as well to see that a stop is placed in Beaverly. Mayor Hall says he is waiting to see where the stops will be in all the communities.