This year on Remembrance Day, Saturday, November 11th, veterans will ride transit for free in and around Victoria.
All three major transportation agencies that operate in the Greater Victoria and Vancouver regions; including BC Ferries, BC Transit and TransLink, are offering free transit to any veterans who need their services to get around.
On BC Ferries, passenger fares will be waived if an official Canadian military identification is shown or if an individual is travelling in uniform.
Seniors who are 65-years-old and up will also have the opportunity to travel for free this Remembrance Day. Their fares will be waived if they are able to present a BC Services Card, BC Driver’s License, BC Identification Card or Birth Certificate.
However, the company says this complimentary transit will not be offered on the longer Inside Passage, Haida Gwaii and Central Coast Connector routes.
For BC Transit, all transit in Greater Victoria will be free for all military personnel; including all riders in uniform, active, retired, cadets, as well as those with Army, Navy or Air Force Association cards.
They say that commuters can expect buses to be operating on a normal Saturday Schedule this Remembrance Day.
For veterans and military personnel who need to get from Vancouver Island over to Vancouver this Remembrance Day, they will be able to use TransLink for free as well.
All services will be free for not only veterans, but also active and retired members of the Armed Forces, police and fire departments, Coast Guard and BC Ambulance.
These individuals need only to present their badge, military ID, record of service card or appear in uniform to receive free transit, according to TransLink.
They say that one wheelchair accessible fare gate will be left open at all SeaBus and SkyTrain stations between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. to accommodate. The commuters who are eligible will not have to tap any sort of compass card to get through these gates.
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“The three transportation agencies hope this complimentary service will present veterans with convenient travel options to engage in Remembrance Day events in and around their region,” the three agencies in a media release.
“Lest we forget.”
In addition to the free transit that will be available, all three transit agencies say they will be flying flags at half mast, observing a minute of silence at 11 a.m. and displaying the words “Lest We Forget” on the bus screens throughout the day.