The City of Prince George will be shelling out $50,000 for the Highway 16 Inter-Community Transit Service. Council unanimously approved including the amount in the 2017 operating budget.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) is covering the capital cost of three buses from Smithers to Prince George, and each bus should run for the next 5 years. It is still unknown if MoTI will be replacing the buses after that. There is also operational costs that will be divided between the local governments and the First Nation communities using the service.
A total of $147,296 could be collected from the following communities:
- Town of Smithers – $24,660
- Village of Telkwa – $6,760
- District of Houston – $15,600
- Village of Burns Lake – $12,500
- Village of Fraser Lake – $5,745
- District of Vanderhoof – $22,460
- District of Fort St. James – $1,776
- Granisle – $304
- Prince George – $50,000
- First Nations communities – $ 7,491
In addition, Mayor Lyn Hall says the District of Beaverly has committed $1000. He says the transit service may have a stop in Beaverly.
After all the contributions from the different communities are made, Hall expects the Highway 16 Transit Service to be up and running sometime in the Spring.