Graduating students in schools in 50 communities across the B.C. will get the chance to ride the bus for free for two days of their choice in June.
For the 30th year in a row, BC Transit and its partner communities are offering the GradPASS program for graduating Grade 12 students.
“Congratulations to B.C.’s newest high school graduates. I hope grads will take advantage of this excellent opportunity for free transit,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The program was first introduced in Vancouver in 1988 to help provide safe transportation options during prom season. The idea was adopted by Victoria in 1990. Now, more than 50 communities across the province offer GradPASS cards to graduates every May.
“Graduating high school is one of the most significant milestones in the lives of many young people,” said Erinn Pinkerton, BC Transit Interim President and Chief Executive Officer.
“BC Transit is pleased to congratulate the class of 2018, and to remind them of the importance of choosing transit as a safe, efficient transportation alternative—especially at this time of well-deserved celebration.”
To use their GradPASS, graduates only need to scratch off their two chosen travel days (they don’t need to be consecutive) and show the card to their bus driver at the time of boarding.
GradPASS cards will be distributed to local schools in late May.