Current Transit Facility Quashed

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Current Transit Facility Quashed

Mayor and Council each took their time to talk about their experiences with respect to the proposed Transit facility since its location at Foothills Boulevard was identified last year. Thousands of residents expressed outrage at that location, with the loss of greenspace, the pollution and safety concerns.
As a result, Councillors Garth Frizzell, Brian Skakun and Susan Scott met with Mayor Lyn Hall with plans to put forward a Notice of Motion to have the first two readings of an amendment to the Official Community Plan rescinded. However, that would have meant waiting two weeks, until the bnext Council meeting, to hear and argue the motion, something Mayor Hall was not interested in.
Rather, he put forward his own report, looking to rescind the first two readings and direct staff to find “potential alternate locations to facilitate their proceeding with the development of a new Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility.”
“One of the first signs I saw read: ‘Right project, wrong location.’,” stated Mayor Hall, who says he heard that theme over and over again.
“Listening to the community is our hallmark,” said Councillor Frizzell. “I learned [the location] was not just an empty lot next to a substation.”
“It hasn’t been an easy issue,” said Councillor Skakun. “All that concerted effort not to have the Transit station at that location came out loud and clear.”
The facility, if a new location can be found, will be used to house the operations of Prince George Transit buses, as the current location in the BC Industrial Site is not owned by the City. It would also be used for storage, fueling, maintenance and washing of the buses.

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