Kimta community bus nears finish line with Fortis donation

Kimta Transportation Society’s new, 24-passenger bus will soon be available to book thanks in part to a donation this year from FortisBC.

“We spent last year exploring ways to invest in the community,” says Mykol Wozniak, senior project manager for FortisBC’s Inland Gas Upgrades project.

“We discovered Kimta Transportation Society was looking to establish a wheelchair accessible community bus and felt this was a good fit for us – being available to schools, seniors and community groups.”

Kimta president Mark Robillard said, “FortisBC’s contribution allowed us to reach our fundraising goal and bring the bus to Mackenzie. Thanks to Fortis and all of the community-minded individuals and companies who supported the campaign, Mackenzie will benefit from this service for years to come.”

The society says members will soon be able to book the bus by calling the Mackenzie Rec Centre at (250) 997-5283.

FortisBC is returning to Mackenzie this month for its second year of construction on the Inland Gas Upgrades project, which will see the company in seven communities around the province this year.

The company says the work will upgrade sections of existing gas lines to allow the use of in-line inspection tools that can monitor interior conditions in the lines. The work includes reducing bends in pipes and replacing fittings so that tools can move through the line.

The company says upgrades will take place over five years across 18 communities in the North, the Cariboo, Thompson-Okanagan and the Kootenays.

Gas line upgrade prep work on Highway 39 (Image: FortisBC)

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