Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan

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Map of the Highway 16 Corridor from Prince Rupert to Prince George

The Five Point Transportation Action Plan is improving access to safe transportation options along Highway 16, enabling residents of First Nations communities and other residents to travel safely between communities in the corridor from Prince Rupert to Prince George. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has committed $7.3-million in provincial and federal funding for the Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan.

The five elements of the action plan are described in more detail below.

  1. Transit expansion
  2. Community transportation grant program to purchase and operate vehicles
  3. First Nations driver education program
  4. Highway infrastructure safety improvements including webcams and transit shelters
  5. Collaboration to increase interconnectivity of services

 

  1. Transit expansion
    The Province has committed $3.4 million over four years to fund, on a cost-shared basis with local communities, the expansion of inter-community BC Transit services along Highway 16 from Terrace to Prince George.
    • Four new BC Transit inter-community routes have been implemented in collaboration with local and regional governments.
    • The new transit service allows people to travel to their next largest community and return home the same day.
    • Over 1,000 passengers are using these new inter-city services each month.
    • For more information see BC Transit for What's Happened So Far
       
  2. Community transportation grant program to purchase and operate vehicles
    The Community Transportation Grant Program supports 12 community services along the Highway 16 corridor by funding the purchase of vehicles and their operation over three years on a cost-shared basis. These grants are for communities to support community-based transportation programs operated by First Nations, local governments or non-profit organizations and are worth $2 million for the purchase ($750,000) and three years of operation ($1.2 million). Currently, over 2,000 rides are provided in total each month as part of this program.
    The communities and organizations that have received funding through the Community Transportation Grant Program are:
    • Binche Keyoh Bu Society
    • Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre
    • Village of Fraser Lake
    • Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert
    • Gitanyow Human Services
    • Village of Granisle
    • District of Vanderhoof - Saik’uz
    • Gingolx Village Government
    • Gitanmaax Band
    • Kermode Friendship Society
    • Nee Tahi Buhn Indian Band
    • Takla Lake First Nation


Highway 16 Community Transportation Grant Program (Vehicle Grants)

  1. First Nations driver education program
    With $400,000 in joint funding from the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the First Nations driver education program builds upon an existing driver training/education program to increase the number of Class 4 and Class 5 drivers in First Nations communities along the Highway 16 corridor. This includes initial training for Class 7 (Learners and new drivers) to place students into the Graduated Licensing Program.
    • The First Nations Driver Education Program is being delivered by Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS).
    • Driver education and training is being offered in communities throughout the corridor.
    • Over 190 students have participated in training
       
  2. Highway infrastructure safety improvements including webcams and transit shelters
    This component of the plan includes $1.5 million ($1 million federal) in funding for highway webcams and transit-style shelters, which includes infrastructure for vehicles to stop safely at the shelters (e.g., pull outs).
    • The ministry has installed eleven new web cameras which will help increase the safety and visibility of pedestrians and motorists along Highway 16.
    • The ministry has installed 15 all-weather bus shelters.
    • The ministry also completed the Bear Road at Highway 16 shelter site preparation in Prince George and helped the City of Terrace procure and install four shelters.
    • In addition, six traveler shelters have been installed to support the community vehicle grant program.
       
  3. Collaboration to increase interconnectivity of services
    Increased 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.
    • The collaboration working group is continuing to review 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 use integrated GIS mapping to examine 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.