DAWSON CREEK -- The provincial and federal governments are providing $7.9 million of the Safe Restart Program funding to public transportation.

Safe Restart is a program designed to make sure essential transportation services can continue during and after the effects of the pandemic.

Since B.C. is looking to reopen, officials are saying it is important for residents to have access to safe and efficient travel services.

“People all across British Columbia rely on safe and reliable public transportation options. The funding announced through the Safe Restart Agreement with the federal government and the provinces will ensure the continued operation of these critical services,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

“Investing in public transportation is an important part of our government’s plan to make our communities cleaner and healthier as we begin to recover from the pandemic.”

Since residents in the north are so far away from many essential services, having reliable public transit is a priority. 

“Due to the unique nature of the region and the long distances between communities, affordable and reliable transportation is essential for people who live and work in the region,” said Rob Fleming, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Our government is committed to providing sustainable, longer-term funding to ensure people in the North can travel easily and safely.”

The new funding will enable northern bus services, including the areas served by BC Bus North, to be sustained and enhanced.