November 6, 2023
Honouring Remembrance Day: Complimentary travel fares to veterans
BRITISH COLUMBIA – B.C.’s three major transportation agencies, BC Ferries, BC Transit and TransLink, are offering complimentary travel to veterans on Remembrance Day, Saturday, November 11 to thank retired and active military personnel for their service.
All three agencies will observe the traditional moment of silence at 11 a.m. to honour the sacrifices made by veterans in the line of duty. All Canadian flags on BC Ferries’ vessels and terminals will fly at half-mast on Remembrance Day and will display “Lest We Forget” messaging on electronic signage around the fleet. All buses will also display “Lest We Forget” on the destination screen for the day.
BC Ferries’ complimentary passenger fares will be provided for customers presenting the official Canadian military identification or travelling in uniform. The company notes that these free fares are not applicable on the longer Inside Passage, Haida Gwaii and Central Coast Connector routes.
In addition, British Columbia’s seniors can also travel free on Remembrance Day with the presentation of a BC Services Card, BC Driver’s License, BC Identification Card or Birth Certificate.
Throughout the year, BC Ferries offers complimentary passenger travel to B.C. seniors from Monday through Thursday, except on provincial holidays. Remembrance Day, is excluded from that exception.
For BC Transit, all scheduled routes and handyDART services in 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. Buses will also be running on a regular Saturday schedule on Remembrance Day.
TransLink is offering free transit on all services, including HandyDART, to veterans, members of the Armed Forces, police and fire departments, Coast Guard, and BC Ambulance on Remembrance Day. Eligible customers should present their badge, military ID, record of service card or appear in uniform to receive free transit.
Veterans and other members are not required to tap their Compass Cards. One accessible fare gate will be left open at all SeaBus and SkyTrain stations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate. Eligible customers can take the bus without tapping all day. West Coast Express will not be in service as TransLink will operate on a Holiday service schedule on November 11.
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.
Lest we forget.
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