Starting Monday Highway 16, also known as the Highway of Tears, will see its first expanded bus service.
The new bus route will travel between Smithers and Moricetown six days a week.
But the 30-minute bus ride only travels along a small portion of the notorious 800-kilometre stretch of road.
Transportation Minister Todd Stone says it’s just a start and to expect service to expand in other key communities in the near future
“We’re working closely with communities from Smithers in through Burns Lake or Burns Lake into Vanderhoof or Vanderhoof into Prince George. We’re trying to see what various communities want, what level of service they want and try to bring it all together so that people have options.”
The ride from Smithers to Moricetown will cost less than $3.
Stone says the province will cover the cost of buses, two-thirds of the transit service and the government is working with communities on other safety initiatives.
At least 18 women have been murdered or have disappeared along the highway.
Back in June, Stone said he was hopeful to have full service by next spring.