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Veterans and active military personnel will ride for free this Friday, November 11th.

To commemorate Remembrance Day, BC Transit and BC Ferries are offering free transportation on Friday for any and all veterans, cadets and active military members. 

All BC Transit and handyDART services in the Victoria Regional Transit System will be free for all riders in uniform or who carry official military identification. 

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On November 11th, BC Transit supports and encourages its drivers to safely stop their buses at 11 a.m. to recognize a minute of silence as is tradition on Remembrance Day in memory of everyone who gave their lives and served in times of war.

Buses will be operating on a standard Sunday schedule because Friday is a statutory holiday. 

BC Ferries vessels all carry Canadian flags which will be at half mast all day on Friday out of respect for the Canadian soldiers who gave their lives for their country.

BC Ferries say two minutes of silence will be observed at 11 a.m. on board all vessels and at terminals.

BC Ferries also recognizes that seniors who did not serve in a war, had to live through war times. All seniors will receive free passenger travel on Friday by presenting their BC Services Card, BC Driver’s License, BC Identification Card or Birth Certificate.

Seniors normally travel free as passengers on BC Ferries Monday through Thursday, but this year, Remembrance Day is being included as a free travel day as well. 

Veterans and military personnel can ride BC Transit to and from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal and downtown Victoria on direct routes via the 70, 71 and 72 bus routes.

Those wishing to make walk-on reservations for the ferry can avoid sailing waits when travelling on BC Ferries’ routes connecting Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island, as well as Tsawwassen and the Southern Gulf Islands online.

BC Ferries and BC Transit say they hope this will provide a transportation option for those who served their country to recognize Remembrance Day events near them.  

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