Free transit rides for high school graduates
May 26, 2014 - 11:38 AM
A record number of BC Transit communities are helping high school graduates celebrate their accomplishments with GradPASS. The special pass offers two days of free, unlimited transit travel during the month of June. A total of 19,500 GradPASS cards will be given to Grade 12 students in 30 communities.
GradPASS was first introduced in Vancouver in 1988 as part of the Counterattack Program. The Victoria Regional Transit System embraced the program in 1990. Over the past 24 years, the number of participating communities has grown. Last year, there were 20 communities involved in the program.
In 2014, GradPASS will be given to students in Abbotsford, Campbell River, Central Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, Cowichan Valley, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Kelowna, Kitimat, Ladysmith, Mission, Nanaimo, Osoyoos, Pemberton, Penticton, Powell River, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Revelstoke, Rossland, Salt Spring Island, Squamish, Summerland, Sunshine Coast, Terrace, Trail, Victoria, Vernon, Whistler and Williams Lake.
“The safety of young people is of paramount concern, and the Province, local governments, BC Transit and parents support students’ smart decisions to take transit during graduation celebrations,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “I congratulate this year’s high school grads and wish them well on their journey forward.”
“On behalf of all of us at BC Transit, we offer best wishes to all graduates as they begin the next chapter of their lives,” said BC Transit President and CEO Manuel Achadinha. “We hope this graduation present is the start of a lifetime commitment to sustainable transportation choices.”
GradPASS is easy to use: students simply scratch off their two chosen travel days and show the card to their bus driver. GradPASS is not transferable and can only be used on participating local systems.
For more information on BC Transit routes and schedules in your community visit www.bctransit.com
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