Northern Development Trust Researching Transportation Solutions

Northern Development staff are in the midst of travelling over 4,900 highway kilometres throughout the Trust’s service region to gather insights into long distance transportation needs and services in Northern B.C. What is learned during this time will be used in developing the Request for Proposals for long haul transportation services through the Northern Passenger Transportation Service fund.

Two staff members have already travelled through B.C.’s northwest and northeast, with public consultations taking place in Fort Nelson, Lower Post, Dease Lake, Gitlaxt’aamix (formerly known as New Aiyansh) and Prince Rupert. In June, they will travel to Anahim Lake, Bella Coola and the Bridge River Valley.

The fund aims to support transportation services that connect people to regional centres and/or provide long-distance connections to support labour mobility, access to education and training, promoting maintenance of contact with family and friends and access to health services. It follows the Northern Community Shuttle Program, which was administered through the same fund earlier in 2022.

The funding is available through the Province of B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and is administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust, who recognize the continued challenges northerners face accessing safe, reliable transportation options. The Northern Passenger Transportation Service is a successor to the Ministry’s Highway 16 Community Transportation Grant Program, which provided $2.6 million to 12 community transportation services.

Written and originally posted by NDIT: https://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/newsletter_item/may-2022/trust-travels-to-discuss-transportation/

Northern Community Shuttle Program

This program provides grant funding for passenger transportation services that help northerners access services and amenities, visit friends and family and connect to long-haul transportation options along major highway corridors.

The funding is available through a partnership between the Province of B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Northern Development Initiative Trust who recognize the continued challenges northerners face accessing safe, reliable transportation options. The program is a successor to the Ministry’s Highway 16 Community Transportation Grant Program, which provided $2.6 million to 12 community transportation services.

ELIGIBLE SERVICE TYPES:

  • Community transportation service using multi-passenger vehicles
  • Transportation services that serve to minimize hitchhiking
  • Transportation services that address identified needs within communities and focus on vulnerable populations with limited safe transportation alternatives
  • Transportation information websites, mobile applications, printed material; booking systems and call centres
  • Training and education for planning and delivering community transportation services, for example, developing budgets for operating expenses; scheduling drivers; trip and route planning; and vehicle repair and maintenance scheduling
  • Development of local transportation hubs where passengers can conveniently connect between a local transportation services and long-distance services

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:

  • Local governments,
  • First Nations bands or community organizations,
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Small and medium-sized businesses

Eligible applicants do not include the Province of B.C. or any of its Crown corporations or agencies.

*All applicants must be located within Northern Development’s service region

For More Information Visit: NORTHERN PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION SERVICE