Highway 16 Bus Rollin’
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.