City To Get New Transit Facility

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV
City To Get New Transit Facility

It’s a big day for the City’s Transit system. The Province of BC was the first jurisdiction to sign on the the federal government’s new Public Transit Enhancement Fund with a deal work $160 million. And, today, Prince George a big chunk of that fund.
Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond was at UNBC to announce more new buses, as well as replacement buses, for the City. As well, two new Handy-Dart buses will be added to the fleet.
But, the City will also receive $23 million to build a new operations and maintenance facility that will support a fleet that will run on condensed natural gas. The financial break down is $9.5 from the federal government and $8.1 million from the Province. The City’s portion is $5.4 million.
“We know that increasing transit options is an important priority for many Prince George residents,” says Bond.  “This investment will help meet rising demand, while at the same time lowering our carbon footprint.”
However, getting riders on the buses has been a chronic challenge for the City, something Mayor Lyn Hall recognizes. He says education will be part of the solution.
“We’ve heard loud and clear that we need to change the times of our service, we need to change our routing to facilitate students from the K – 12 system from UNBC, CNC,” says Hall. He says the City also has to look at running buses on statutory holidays, as another option.

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