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October 27, 2017 5:03 pm

Highway 16 Bus Rollin’

Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 5:58 AM

Members of the community, join BC Transit is celebrating  new service  at event last Friday – photo courtesy BC Transit

Prince George, B.C. – The new  BC Transit system along Highway 16  will see its first bus leave from Burns Lake this morning  bound for Smithers.

The Burns Lake to Prince George route  will  officially start tomorrow morning.

The routes are part of the Highway 16 transit plan and the Province of B.C.’s Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan.

“The two new routes will better connect people and communities along the Highway 16 corridor,” said Manuel Achadinha, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer. “The introduction of this important new service would not have been possible without the support and hard work of all the local government partners.”

Burns Lake will be a hub for two BC Transit services, Route 162 and Route 161. Route 162 will provide service between Burns Lake and Smithers, a distance of 145 kilometres each way on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Route 161 will depart Burns Lake for Prince George and return the same day, a distance of 230 kilometres each way, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The one-way fare will be $5 per segment.

The  Highway 16  Transportation Action Plan  was developed in an effort to provide, safe affordable transit between  communities along the Highway 16 corridor.  The plan, valued at $6.4 million dollars, includes not only BC Transit buses,  but community vehicles, First Nations driver education, webcams and bus shelters, and increased collaboration.

The plan  has received multiple year  funding from Prince George, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, Smithers, Telkwa, Fraser Lake, Fort St. James, Granisle and Houston.




Why the 5 Bux ?? Are we under the impression that the people ,who went missing, had a fiver on them. I think not.

It’s a wait and see scenario I feel. Whether or not full potential of this use remains to be seen. 5$ is 5$ which is a good deal, but will it stop hitch hitching, I doubt it! People that continue to hitch hike can be charged I presume, for their own safety. On the other hand motorists that pick them up are dumb, or up to something?

It’s costing us tax payers , nice to see a small fee attached..

Just because people hitch hike doesn’t mean they don’t have money..

I hope this works, but what happens if it doesn’t?

Watch the crime rate in Burns Lake go up from the overnight visitors with no money for a place to stay finding something to occupy their time. Hopefully the powers that be have thought that part through.

I wonder if one is allowed to bring salmon on the bus…. And what of luggage?

There will always some people that will hitchhike and try to get a free ride.

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