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Victoria residents aged 12 – 19 years old will be receiving free bus passes from the City of Victoria starting December 1st, 2019.

The rollout of this first phase of free transit passes for Victoria youth was voted on by the Victoria Regional Transit Commission on Tuesday.

7,200 youth passes will be made available to Victoria residents aged 12-18, who can pick their passes up at city hall free of charge.

These passes come at a cost of $729,000, and are being paid for by Sunday parking in downtown Victoria. They will be valid until September 2020.

A permanent program to provide free bus passes to youth in Victoria will be devised by city staff in time to be implemented in September next year.