BC Transit is holding a number of consultations with First Nations and community stakeholders along Highway 16.
The meetings are in regards to opening up inter-city transit services between Prince Rupert and Prince George, the so-called Highway of Tears corridor.
Many First Nations, women’s groups, and social services have cited a lack of affordable transportation options as a major safety issue.
A call for a shuttle service was raised in the 2006 Highway of Tears Recommendation Report.
The Highway 16 Action Plan was announced earlier this year.
The plan will see bus service, bus shelters, and cameras in place by the end of the year to improve safety.
Jonathon Dyck is with BC Transit, he says the current plan is to have service from Prince Rupert to Terrace, Terrace to the Hazeltons, Burns Lake to Smithers, and Smithers to Prince George to complement existing services.
He says the consultations will have both in-person and online components in order to get as much input as possible.
More information can be found at the BC Transit Highway 16 website.
|DATE AND TIME||COMMUNITY|
|August 20, 2016 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.||Vanderhoof – Annual Nechako Fall Fair|
|August 20, 2016 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.||Prince George – BC Northern Exhibition|
|August 31, 2016 TBC||Prince Rupert|
|August 31, 2016 TBC||Port Edward|
|August 31, 2016 TBC||Kitsumkalum|
|September 1, 2016 TBC||Terrace|
|September 1, 2016 TBC||Gitaus|
|September 1, 2016 TBC||Kitwanga|
|September 1, 2016 TBC||New Hazelton|
|September 1, 2016 TBC||Kispiox|
|September 1, 2016 TBC||Moricetown|
|September 1, 2016 TBC||Smithers|
|September 2, 2016 TBC||Houston|
|September 8, 2016 TBC||Smithers|
|September 8, 2016 TBC||New Hazelton|
|September 9, 2016 TBC||Burns Lake|
|September 9, 2016 TBC||Houston|
|September 9, 2016 TBC||Fraser Lake|
|September 9, 2016 TBC||Nautley|
|September 9, 2016 TBC||Fort Fraser|
|September 10, 2016 TBC||Burns Lake|
*Additional events may be planned