Passenger Transportation in the OBAC Region
A passenger transportation survey was collaboratively completed by the Ministry, OBAC and Carrier Sekani Family Services staff.
“The transportation challenges for communities and First Nations along Highway 16 West present a complex problem and the solutions will almost certainly require many organizations working together to support new approaches.
Carrier Sekani Family Services and the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition have prepared a survey to help better understand the current transportation services and whether there is sufficient demand to make additional services viable.”
The survey was released on July 8th on the OBAC website, sent electronically to member communities and social organizations and hardcopies mailed to a First Nations’ contact list provided by Carrier Sekani Family Services. Regular updates were provided to the Ministry. The survey closed on Sept 8th.
Passenger Transportation Along Highway 16 West Summary Results - Click Here
This strategy provides broad recommendations and proposed actions to deal with infrastructure needs for connections to and between the OBAC communities. It has been developed at a regional level and provides recommendations on:
The assets of the region include its productive forests, rich mineral potential, abundant and economical hydroelectric power, impressive natural landscapes, and its human resources. To take full advantage of these assets and grow the region’s economy to its full potential, strategic investments are needed in the both the region’s existing infrastructure and in the development of new infrastructure. These investments are not stand-alone and must be linked to the needs and opportunities in the various industrial and commercial sectors.
Public infrastructure investments1 can act as a catalyst for development, growth, and wealth generation. Infrastructure investment in the 1950s and 1960s was one of the key requirements for the growth and diversification of the forest sector which has been the major wealth generator in the region for the past 50 years.
The six objectives of the strategy are to build and maintain the infrastructure that:
An integrated and strategic approach to the maintenance and future development of the region’s infrastructure is now needed. As well as an overarching need for a visionary approach, specific actions have been proposed that include:
Three recommendations and 33 specific actions are proposed in this strategy. OBAC is confident that if these recommendations and the associated actions are implemented, the six objectives and the regional vision will be achieved.
The three recommendations are: