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BC Transit putting consultations in place for Highway 16 shuttle service

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

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