BC Transit has announced that current and former members of the military will be offered free service in the Victoria Regional Transit System on Remembrance Day.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, the transit authority said that the free offering on November 11 is in an effort to thank retired and active military personnel.
“While the style of celebration may be shifting during this time, BC Transit will still be offering free service to honour those who have served and continue to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces,” reads a statement from BC Transit.
BC Transit says the free service is intended to provide those that served in the Canadian Armed Forces a transportation option as they recognize Remembrance Day.
According to BC Transit, all scheduled routes and handyDART services within the Victoria Regional Transit System will be free for all riders in uniform, active, retired and cadets, as well as those with Army, Navy or Air Force Association cards.
BC Transit also indicated that the organization is in support of bus drivers who choose to stop their bus at 11 a.m., if it is safe to do so, in order to “observe the traditional minute of silence in memory of those who gave their lives and service in times of war.”
Similarly, the organization has announced that free service will also be provided in the Cowichan Valley to Veterans and Armed Forces personnel. The Cowichan Valley Regional Transit System’s free service offering will extend beyond Remembrance Day, however, and be observed for the entire week.
Beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 4 and leading up to Remembrance Day, free transit will be available for military members on most routes in honour of Veterans’ Week.
BC Transit notes that the free service will not be included on commuter routes 66, 99 and 44.
Also, the transit authority adds that commuter routes, Ladysmith, Youbou and Honeymoon Bay local routes do not operate on November 11.