Terrace and the Hazeltons will soon receive new inter-community transit service, part of the Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan.
The Regional District Kitimat-Stikine Board has been working with communities from Kispiox through the Hazeltons area to Terrace, and is ready to move forward with implementing new transit services.
New bus services will run three days per week, linking the communities in the Upper Skeena region to Terrace. The proposed fare is $5 per segment. Transit service is expected to begin later this spring.
The B.C. government, through the five-point Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan, has committed to five years of transit funding. The cost of the buses is being fully covered, and the B.C. government is funding two-thirds of the operating costs. Local governments and First Nations partners are working together to share funding for their one-third share of the operating costs.
On Jan. 30, 2017, the first expanded-transit services started running between Smithers and Moricetown. This service is being used daily by many passengers, and is benefitting local residents in both communities by providing a safe, reliable and affordable transportation service.