BC Transit is teaming up with more than 70 communities across the province to provide this year’s grads with two days of free transit in June through its GradPASS program. Photo, BC Transit

With their journey only just beginning, BC Transit wants to keep Hope’s grads safe

GradPASS will provide two days of free, safe rides during June to grads in more than 70 communities

BC Transit and its partner communities are once again offering the popular GradPASS program for graduating Grade 12 students all over the province, which means graduates from over 70 communities across the province can ride the bus for free for two days of their choice in June.

“Grad season can be a busy and exciting time for high school graduates, and GradPASS provides them with access to a free and safe transportation option,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Thank you to BC Transit for another year of GradPASS, the more than 70 local governments in B.C., and the Victoria Regional Transit Commission for their support of this increasingly popular program.”

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GradPASS was first introduced in Vancouver in 1988 to encourage safe transportation options during prom season for recent graduates. The Victoria Regional Transit System adopted the program in 1990, with other communities following suit over the years. Today, over 70 communities across the province offer GradPASS to new graduates at the end of May for their use in June.

“BC Transit is pleased to congratulate the graduating class of 2019 for reaching an important milestone in their lives. Graduating high school is a great accomplishment for all students,” said Erinn Pinkerton, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer.

However, “BC Transit would like to remind graduates of the importance of choosing transit as a safe and reliable transportation option when celebrating their achievement.”

READ MORE: Graduation rates in Hope have increased by almost 11 per cent since last year

To use their GradPASS, graduates only need to scratch off their two chosen travel days (does not need to be consecutive) and show the card to their bus driver at the time of boarding.

GradPASS cards will be distributed to local schools in late May.

For information on BC Transit schedules, routes and service alerts in your community, please visit BCTransit.com, and select your local transit system.


 

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