Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan
On June 15, 2016, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure committed $5-million in provincial and federal funding for the Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan.
The five point action plan will improve access to transportation services along the Highway 16 corridor and enable residents of First Nations communities and municipalities to travel safely to and from rural towns and villages along the corridor through:
- Transit expansion
$2.4 million over 3 years will be available on a cost-shared basis with local communities to extend or enhance BC Transit services to better connect communities.
View the results of BC Transit's Highway 16 Service Options Survey.
- Community transportation grant program to purchase and operate vehicles
$800,000 over 3 years has been made available through the Highway 16 Community Transportation Funding on a cost-shared basis with local communities to support community-based transportation programs operated by First Nations, local governments or non-profit organizations.
- First Nations driver education program
$300,000 over 3 years for a First Nations driver education program will build upon the current driver training/education program to increase the number of Class 4 and Class 5 drivers in First Nations communities along the Highway 16 corridor.
- Highway infrastructure safety improvements including webcams and transit shelters
$1.5 million over 2 years will enable the ministry to increase the number of webcams on the highway and the frequency of photographs taken at these spots. New transit shelters will be built in communities that will be receiving new or expanded transit service.
- Collaboration to increase interconnectivity of services
The ministry will work to increase coordination of existing transportation services through BC Transit, Northern Health, not for profit organizations and private service providers including efforts to better synchronize schedules and expand user eligibility criteria.