Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan Updates
As of February 5, 2018
- See BC Transit for What's Happened So Far
- New inter-community transit services are now running along 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.
- On June 19, 2017, BC Transit started a bus service between Burns Lake and Smithers and between Burns Lake and Prince George, on a 3 days per week schedule.
- On November 20, 2017, BC Transit started a bus service between the Hazeltons and Terrace, on a 3 days per week schedule.
Community transportation grant program
There are 12 communities and organizations which have received grants for community vehicles since March 2017 through Highway 16 Community Transportation Funding.
These grants are primarily for First Nation communities and are worth $2 million for the purchase ($750,000) and three years of operation ($1.2 million).
First Nations driver education 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.
- Driving instructors provide training to First Nations community members to boost the number of Class 4 and Class 5 drivers. This includes initial training for Class 7 (Learners and new drivers) to place students into the Graduated Licensing Program.
Highway infrastructure safety improvements
- The ministry has installed seven new web cameras to date: Highway 27 at Hill St/Greenview St, Fort St. James, Highway 16 in Burns Lake at North Francois Highway, Highway 16 in Telkwa at Hankin Road, Highway 16 at Nautley Road in Bulkley-Nechako, Highway 16 at Highway 27 in Bulkley-Nechako, Highway 16 at Main Street in Smithers, Highway 16 at Stella Road in Fraser Lake.
- 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 near future.
- The ministry has installed 15 all-weather bus shelters to date (Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Topley, Houston (two), Smithers, Moricetown, Hagwilget, Kispiox, Gitwangak, Gitaus, Kitsumkalum and Kitimat). Shelters are to be installed in Terrace and Prince George this spring.
- In addition, five traveller shelters have been installed to support the community vehicle grant program (Vanderhoof, Saik’uz First Nation, Binche, Granisle and Kitwanga). Fraser Lake will be receiving a traveller shelter this spring.
Collaboration to increase interconnectivity of services
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 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