Prince Rupert's Friendship House to Offer Transit to Terrace in New Year

The Friendship House Association in Prince Rupert will be starting up transit service to Terrace in the New Year.

The Friendship House has been working on the idea for about a year to try and provide more ways for people needing to get to other parts of Northern B.C. a way to do so.

Executive Director Anna Zanella says the money to purchase a vehicle and help operate for the project for at least two years came from the province through the Highway 16 Action Plan.

"It will run twice a week. We're hoping sometime in the middle of the week and then on the weekend, possibly Saturday. It will transport 15 people from Prince Rupert to Terrace. The price for a seat is $5."

One of the main reasons the service was put in place was to everyone a safe a reliable way to use this stretch of highway no matter their access to transportation as too many people have gone missing alone the so called Highway of Tears.

"We've had a lot of walkers and people who have ran across the country and come to Prince Rupert. We've been working on the projects with them as they were bringing out awareness and how serious this issue is."

She says while the vehicle is not being used its scheduled two days, the van will be available to charter other items like assisting with programs to ensure children have a safe way to and from after school programs.

"We can charter the van for those purposes. Of course, that will be a different charge."

Mayor Lee Brain said in a statement that the city is thrilled to see service come together and will help accommodate the service it has with the North Coast Transition Society.

Final details are still being ironed out with the wheels on the bus are expected to get rolling by the end of January.