rince Rupert opts out of 2017 Hwy. 16 annual transit contribution

Mayor Shane Brienen reported at the Dec. 20 regular council meeting an update about the Hwy. 16 regional transit service.

Mayor Shane Brienen reported at the Dec. 20 regular council meeting an update about the Hwy. 16 regional transit service.

“It’s moving along. We are hoping for a January date. Nothing is final yet. Looks like everyone is on board except for PrinceRupert. They may opt out for the first year, and then we will proceed to see if we can get them on board in the fall,” said Brienen.

“If Prince Rupert opts out, with that increase [Houston’s] contribution?” asked councillor Tim Anderson?

Mayor Brienen responded that he doesn’t see that happening with other funding options available that the being explored by the Hwy. 16 Regional Transit Program.

Shortly after council met, it was released that Prince Rupert has chosen to not support the inter-community transit along Hwy.16.

B.C. Transit spokesperson Jonathon Dyck said that the cost for other routes will not be higher for local communities or the province based on this announcement.

In the story “Council agrees to amend Hwy.16 regional transit program contract” published in the Houston Today Dec. 14issue, the District of Houston agreed to provide up to $15,600 in funding to B.C Transit for the 2017 fiscal year.

The City of Prince Rupert announced on Dec. 7 that instead of supporting the Hwy. 16 action plan, the city will be supporting a localized solution with the North Coast Transition Society (NCTS) that offers at-risk women and children safe transportation.

The NCTS service enables women and children to call or text any time of the day or night if they need to travel and don’t have the means to pay. The travel assistance has been available for the past two years.

“The North Coast Transition Society’s existing service provides a safe and immediate response, and in addition NCTS provides wraparound social services and support to women and children to ensure they are adequately provided for in times of need.We believe this to be the most important priority,” said Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain.

 

Just Posted

CN train derails near New Hazelton

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved

Houston introduces Change program

Program offers lifestyle intervention to patients with metabolic syndrome

Nearly $500,000 available for internships with First Nations government

Funds announced through partnership with Northern Development and Government of Canada

Property sales up in Houston in 2017

Average selling price of single-family homes has also increased

Alexandra Park, undeveloped wonderland

Alexandra Park is located behind the Houston Leisure Facility at the end… Continue reading

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

Double-doubles and demonstrations: Employees rally outside Tim Hortons

Protests held in response to Ontario franchise owners cutting employee benefits and breaks

Most Read