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Highway of Tears to get bus service

The province says by the end of the year, a bus service will be available along the notorious Highway of Tears between Prince George and Prince Rupert.

Since the 1970s, 18 women have disappeared or been murdered along Highway 16 and adjacent routes.

First Nations, social service agencies and women’s groups have called for a shuttle bus service in the area to provide safe, regular transportation for people who live in communities along the highway.

Mary Teegee of the Carrier Sekani Family Services says it’s been a decade since the Highway of Tears Recommendation Report was released, and there’s finally progress on the first recommendation, calling for a shuttle service along the highway.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone says the provincial and federal governments are each providing $1-million dollars to run the service and provide bus shelters, lights and webcams along the route.

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