Prince Rupert opts out of Hwy. 16 bus plan 

“While we are disappointed, we respect their decision," says minister

The Hwy. 16 action plan, the $5-million plan that would see an affordable bus service connecting communities on Hwy. 16, will not go as far as Prince Rupert anymore.

The City of Prince Rupert has recently decided not to provide funding for the plan.

“While we are disappointed that Prince Rupert has chosen not to support inter-community transit along Hwy. 16, we respect their decision to go another route,” said minister of transportation and infrastructure Todd Stone. “We have said to Prince Rupert that the door is open, should the community decide to change direction and take advantage of the transit program in the future.”

According to B.C. Transit spokesperson Jonathon Dyck, the cost for other routes will not be higher for local communities or the province based on this announcement. Burns Lake council has committed to a maximum contribution of $12,500 per year toward the plan.

“B.C. Transit continues to work with our local partners to implement new transit services along the Hwy. 16 corridor and enhance existing service,” said Dyck. “To be successful, the proposed transit routes have to be a partnership between the province of B.C., local governments, B.C. Transit, and the local community.”

Instead of supporting the Hwy. 16 action plan, the City of Prince Rupert announced on Dec. 7 it will support a localized solution with the North Coast Transition Society (NCTS) that offers at-risk women and children safe transportation.

The NCTS service enables women and children to call or text any time of the day or night if they need to travel and don’t have the means to pay. The travel assistance has been available for the past two years.

“The North Coast Transition Society’s existing service provides a safe and immediate response, and in addition NCTS provides wraparound social services and support to women and children to ensure they are adequately provided for in times of need. We believe this to be the most important priority,” said Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain.

– With files from Shannon Lough

 

 

Just Posted

Burns Lake residents safely escape fire

A Burns Lake mother and her four children were able to safely… Continue reading

New Hazelton attempted murder charge

New Hazelton RCMP arrested Ronald Fowler, 60. Alleged incident appears to have happened in Two Mile.

John Rustad: long waits for medevac unacceptable

The MLA wants a review of B.C.’s air ambulance service

Larger buses planned for Hwy. 16 bus system

A third pass-up due to a full bus was recently reported

‘Concerned’ locals at council meeting

Staff turnover, council’s handling of CAO’s absence among concerns

Packed house to see Alaria’s Fiddle in Burns Lake

A Smithers-based group called the Valley Youth Fiddlers delivered a powerful performance… Continue reading

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Berry disappointed: Bear tries to eat fake fruit on woman’s door wreath

A Winnipeg woman has taken her berry-embellished wreath down, after a hungry bear visited her porch

Man in custody linked police search near Salmon Arm

Police have not connected arrest to search at Salmon River Road property

Most Read