Highway of Tears gets $3M for transportation safety plan
Funding comes after a recent meeting between transportation officials and First Nations leaders in the area
CBC News, Dec 14, 2015
The B.C. government is committing $3 million to improve public transit along B.C.’s so-called Highway of Tears.
The funding comes following a recent meeting between transportation officials and First Nations leaders in the area, to address concerns about the number of women who have gone missing or been murdered while hitchhiking Highway 16, which runs between Prince George and Prince Rupert.
The new transportation safety program includes:
- $1.6 million over two years to extend or enhance B.C. Transit services on a cost-shared basis with local communities.
- $750,000 over three years to purchase and operate vehicles on a cost-shared basis with local communities.
- $150,000 over three years for a First Nations driver education program.
- $500,000 over two years for highway infrastructure safety improvements including webcams and transit shelters.
- Better coordination of existing services and schedules to expand user eligibility.
A new nine-member advisory board made of local First Nations and municipal leaders will oversee the implementation of the plan.
It’s been three years since the Missing Women’s Inquiry highlighted the need for better public transit in northern communities.
An RCMP investigation identified 18 women and girls who went missing or were murdered along Highway 16, or the nearby highways 97 and 5, since 1969.
Posted on December 14, 2015, in Indigenous Women and tagged highway of tears, missing murdered Indigenous women, missing/murdered aboriginal women, MMIW, stolen sisters. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.