BC Transit officially marked the beginning of a new shuttle service in the Bulkley Valley Lakes District Friday.
Local dignitaries and First Nations representatives were on hand in Burns Lake to celebrate the start of two new routes on Highway 16.
The buses will run between Burns Lake and Smithers and Burns Lake and Prince George.
The service is geared toward providing safe transportation along the Highway 16 corridor to those in need.
The new inter-community transit is part of the $6.4 million Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan, which encompasses transit, community vehicles, First Nations driver education, webcams and bus shelters, and increased collaboration. It is also made possible thanks to multi-year funding commitments from Prince George, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof, Smithers, Telkwa, Fraser Lake, Fort St. James, Granisle and Houston.
“We are extremely pleased that there are more safe travel options for the north,” said Mary Teegee, Carrier Sekani Family Services Executive Director of Child and Family Services, the host agency of the Highway of Tears Initiative. “I applaud the work of municipalities, First Nations and government to launch the new transit services. This is a good example of true partnership and effective collaboration.”
The shuttle system was a recommendation of the Highway of Tears Symposium.