Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan Updates
As of March 22, 2017
- New inter-community transit services are coming to Highway 16 from Terrace to Prince George
- All BC Transit Highway 16 transit services allow people to travel to their next largest community and return home the same day
- On January 30, 2017, BC Transit started a commuter service between Smithers and Moricetown, on a 6 days per week schedule. The one-way fare for this 34 kms trip is $2.75.
- Transit service between Burns Lake and Smithers and between Burns Lake and Prince George, on a 3 days per week schedule, will start this spring
- New transit service, 3-days per week, from the Hazeltons to Terrace will begin later this spring
- View the results of BC Transit's Highway 16 Service Options Survey
Community transportation grant program
- Twelve communities and organizations received grants worth $2 million for the purchase and operation of community vehicles through Highway 16 Community Transportation Funding.
First Nations driver education program
- The ministry has entered into a contract with Carrier Sekani Family Services to run the First Nations driver education program. This program will provide hands-on training to First Nations members, to boost the number of Class 4 and Class 5 drivers in First Nations communities along the Highway 16 corridor.
- Class 4 training is underway in the Fort St. James area and is expected to begin in the Burns Lake area in April 2017.
Highway infrastructure safety improvements
- Six new all-weather bus shelters have been installed along the corridor, in Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Moricetown, Gitaus and Kitimat.
- In 2016, the ministry activated five new web camera locations:
- Highway 16 in Burns Lake at North Francois Highway
- Highway 16 in Telkwa at Hankin Road
- Highway 16 at Nautly Road in Fort George - Nechako
- Highway 16 at Highway 27 in Fort George
- Highway 16 at Main Street in Smithers.
The webcams help to increase the safety and visibility of pedestrians and motorists along Highway 16. More webcams will be installed and activated in the spring and summer.
Collaboration to increase interconnectivity of services
- The collaboration working group is reviewing existing schedules against new transportation services being offered, including the new community vehicle grant recipients, to maximize transportation access and opportunities.
- The ministry, Northern Health Authority (NHA) and First Nations Health Authority are using integrated GIS mapping looking at medical transportation needs and patterns, to better coordinate medical transport services for people in First Nations communities. This includes boosting public awareness about existing medical transport services, and looking at ways to maximize services and schedules, to carry more passengers to hospitals and medical appointments.
- NHA has confirmed that 100% of their drivers for the Northern Health Connections bus have completed the indigenous cultural competency training offered by the Provincial Health Services Authority.
- Continued community consultation