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Students from 19 Vancouver Island communities will be able to ride the bus for free for two days of their choice this June to help celebrate their high school graduation.

In total, high school graduates from over 70 BC communities will receive these free bus passes from the province’s GradPASS program, which encourages students to take safe transportation options during prom season.

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

To use a GradPASS, graduates can take their card and scratch off their two chosen travel days (that do not have to be consecutive) and show the card to their bus driver when they board.

Students can expect to receive the cards by the end of May.

The 19 Vancouver Island communities participating in GradPASS are:

  • Victoria
  • Saanichton
  • North Saanich
  • Duncan
  • Campbell River
  • Comox
  • Shawnigan Lake
  • Lake Cowichan
  • Nanaimo
  • Mill Bay
  • Parksville
  • Port Alberni
  • Sooke
  • Courtenay
  • Port Hardy
  • Qualicum Beach
  • Chemainus
  • Port McNeill
  • Ladysmith

A full list of the 70+ communities participating in GradPASS can be found online here.