Highway 16 Transit Plan Reviewed
Prince George, B.C. – The transit plan to link communities along the Highway 16 corridor between Prince George and Prince Rupert is expected to see its first buses on the highway in early 2017., but Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall says there are still issues to be addressed.
The basic routes have been developed, many bus shelters have been erected and Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall says he will be discussing the plan with the Regional District and the Lheidli T’enneh to see how they feel about the proposed routes.
The issue for the City of Prince George is contributing to the operational cost of the service. While all communities along the Highway 16 corridor will be contributing to the operation costs of the service, right now, it looks like the City of Prince George will be expected to contribute $50 thousand a year but it’s not clear how many years the City will be expected to make that contribution.
Mayor Lyn Hall says there is still a “tremendous amount of work to be done”.
Councillor Merrick says some of that work is centred on including Prince George at the discussion table, in particular, the Bulkley Nechako Regional Transit Committee “Prince George has a lot to offer in experience in operating a major transit system and we have experienced staff at that level, and many of the proposed routes are tentatively linked to our community.”
Councillor Jillian Merrick and Mayor Lyn Hall have been selected by Council to sit seats on the Bulkley Nechako Regional Transit Committee. The Mayor says being on the Committee will give them the opportunity to get more information about the financial commitments, the term of that commitment, and the contributions being made by the Province and BC Transit particularly on the capital side of this project.