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.