New Highway 16 Website
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has launched a website that hopes to ensure safe travel for all who frequent Highway 16.
Last summer, staff from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure met with over 80 community and First Nations leaders representing 13 municipalities and districts and 13 First Nations communities along the Highway 16 corridor – including the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Board of Directors, the Omenica Beetle Action Coalition, and the North Central Local Government Association.
The ministry wanted to identify the transportation services, challenges and needs along the corridor, between Prince Rupert and Prince George, then identify practical and sustainable actions to address those needs.
During the meetings, the ministry heard that there wasn’t a singular, comprehensive source of information about existing transportation services in communities along the corridor. To address this concern, the ministry developed the province’s first web-based portal that consolidates information about transportation related services in locations along the Highway 16 corridor, into one place.
This convenient, easy to use portal provides links to information about transit, inter-city bus, medical transportation, rail, and community-based transportation services. The site also includes links to local government websites which provide a wealth of information on community-based services in each community.
For residents who don’t have access to a computer, Service BC offices along Highway 16 can provide access to view the new website.
To visit the website, go to: www.gov.bc.ca/Highway16Corridor
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is continuing to work with a number of partners to develop practical, affordable and sustainable transportation solutions on Highway 16.
Similarly, the NCLGA is continuing this consolidation of knowledge. We received our mandate from a 2015 Resolution, B16: Public Transportation in Rural Communities. We are working with and speaking to invested, north-centric stakeholders in order to brainstorm ways we can come together to support our local communities. By bringing multiple levels of government, non-profits, First Nations, and industry together, we can work on chronic issues that individually, we could never solve.