Kids can ride the bus for free in Metro Vancouver for 1 week next month

Sep 17 2019, 2:02 pm

It’s that time of year again when TransLink offers free bus rides for school-aged children across Metro Vancouver.

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To celebrate the 10th annual I Love Transit Week, the public transit authority will be providing a week of free bus rides for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The dates are during the school days, from Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11, according to TransLink’s The Buzzer.

Regular fares also apply to adults who accompany children and high school students on transit.

Free rides are only for the buses; there are no free rides for SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express.

The offer each year, part of TransLink’s I Love Transit Week programming, encourages children to become familiar and use public transit to get to and from school.

In April, TransLink released a report that found that permanently providing free transit for youth ages five to 18 would result in an annual revenue hole of between $40 million and $50 million. Annual provincial operating subsidies to cover this loss in fare revenue were identified as the most feasible way to enabling such a program for free transit for youth.

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