Sponsors: District of Vanderhoof
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation
WHEREAS many rural communities in Northern British Columbia do not have public transit;
AND WHEREAS the absence of public transportation in these rural communities places them at a distinct disadvantage as their citizens have no opportunity to use public transportation within or between communities:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM request that the Province of BC implement a public transportation strategy and establish solutions leading to the sustainability of public transit in all rural communities.
Despite the recent initiative on public transportation for HWY 16 large gaps remain in the local area services. The current program, while appreciated, falls far short of meeting the need for public transportation. Additional funding is required to make the proposed HWY 16 transit system viable for all communities.
The UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions calling on the provincial government to provide sustainable public transportation solutions across BC, including in rural and remote communities (2015-B9, 2013-B15, 2012-B115, 2007-B13, 2005-B7). Most recently, resolution 2015-B9 from the same sponsor asked the Province for “adequate funding to support local and intercommunity transportation in rural communities.”
In response to the 2015 resolution, the provincial government expressed willingness to work with communities to find public transit options. The Province also referenced the Action Plan for the Highway 16 Corridor; as well as work by the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition on intra-regional transportation service.