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Local transit-goers rejoice—BC Transit is celebrating Clean Air Day in Victoria this Wednesday by offering free fares all day long.

Victoria Regional Transit Commission (VRTC) says people can hop aboard at no cost on June 8th, as it looks to “help everyone make an environmentally-friendly transportation choice.”

Back in 1999, the Government of Canada proclaimed Clean Air Day as part of Canadian Environment Week, which runs the first week of June.

The commission says the annual week aims to raise awareness about air quality and climate change while inspiring people to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

“An easy way to do this is to encourage everyone to choose sustainable transportation alternatives—such as walking, biking or taking the bus,” VRTC said in a release.

More information about Victoria’s schedules, routes, and service changes can be found online here.

Electric buses bound for BC Transit:

On May 24th, BC Transit announced plans to launch a series of electric buses and charging equipment to transition to an entirely electric fleet by 2040.

According to the company, around 500 heavy-duty buses are expected to be replaced within the next ten years—advancing its Low Carbon Fleet Program.

Under a new $20-million contract, the electric bus project will see one electric bus deployed in Victoria this fall plus ten more by summer 2023.

SEE ALSO: BC transit will add 11 electric buses to its fleet by summer 2023

“Electric Buses have many advantages—most importantly, they use BC’s readily available renewable electricity, resulting in nearly zero emissions from operations,” VRTC said.

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