The first expanded transit services along Highway 16 will start running on Jan. 30, 2017.
The new commuter bus route travels between Smithers and Moricetown, with buses running six days per week. The fare for the 30-minute ride is $2.75.
A new all-weather bus shelter was installed at the Gas Bar in Moricetown. There are several bus stops in both communities as well.
More local governments will be entering into agreements with BC Transit for expanded transit services over the spring.
The $5-million Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan has been developed to improve safety along this 800 kilometre stretch of highway, in particular to provide better and safer transportation options for women and teenage girls.
As part of the action plan, the B.C. government committed funding to BC Transit over three years to support enhanced transit service. As discussions have taken place with local regional districts, municipalities and First Nations along the corridor, BC Transit and the ministry have been asked for a longer term commitment to these services. The B.C. government has now committed to fund a 4th and 5th year of transit operations.
For the expanded transit services, 100 per cent of the vehicles are being covered, and the province is funding two-thirds of the operating costs. Local governments, through regional districts, are working together to share costs for their one-third share of the operating costs.