Lekstrom Announces Increased Investment for Peace River Transit System

DAWSON CREEK – The transit system in Peace River South has received more than $27,000 in new investment from the provincial government to enhance transportation services, Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom announced today.

Of the announced funding, $25,200 will support a six per cent increase in transit services in Dawson Creek, bringing increased Friday evening service and the introduction of Sunday service. Funding of $2,500 will support the creation of the Taxi Saver Program in Chetwynd. The Taxi Saver Program provides a 50 per cent subsidy towards the cost of taxi rides. The enhanced services in both communities will begin in September 2008.

?The Province is committed to improving access to transportation options throughout British Columbia,? said Lekstrom. ?These funds will give more residents the option to get out of their cars, and provide improved service to those who depend on public transit.?

The provincial funding announced today is the part of the Provincial Transit Plan, which aims to double transit ridership provincewide by 2020 by increasing choices for travellers. The $14-billion plan also focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars by 4.7 millions tonnes cumulatively by 2020.