PRINCE RUPERT - Transportation services are now running in 12 communities along the Highway 16 corridor for people living in small, remote and Indigenous communities.
More than 2,500 rides per month are being given to people. Each community runs the services and are part of the Province's Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan.
In spring 2017, the 12 communities received grants to purchase vehicles such as a van, mini-van, SUV or bus to bring people to work, school, appointments and others. Those communities include: Binche Keyoh Bu Society, Dze L K'ant Friendship Centre Society, Fraser Lake and Area Community Bus Service, Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert, Gingolx Village Government, Gitanmaax Band, Gitanyow Human Services, Granisle Better at Home - Village of Granisle, Kermode Friendship Society, Nee Tahi Buhn, Saik'uz First Nation and Takla Lake First Nation. The communities have also recieved four years in funding to offer the transportation services.
"It's wonderful to see the community vehicle program is providing a safe ride home for so many people who live and work in northern B.C., in particular, for those in remote and Indigenous communities," said Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast. "This program is working in conjunction with the newly established transit routes by giving people safe, reliable and affordable transportation options."
"Takla Nation takes pride in the transportation service the bus is able to provide to our community and our neighbouring communities," said Chris French, Councillor, Takla First Nation. "This is a positive and reliable new transport service for people who live and work in our community. It’s a comforting feeling knowing our people can travel safely."
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