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Transit free in B.C. for kids under 12

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:39 PDT, Wed September 1, 2021

Public transit is now free for all children 12 and under in B.C.

The free transit program was officially launched Sept. 1.

"I'm thrilled to be here to celebrate the start of free transit for children 12 and under," said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. "This is a landmark achievement for free public transit in this province and an important part of our government's commitment to provide safe, reliable and affordable public transit for B.C. families."

Added Environment Minister George Heyman: "By providing free public transit for children, we're building the ridership of the future today, while making life more affordable for working families. As our population increases, the need for climate-friendly forms of transportation continues to grow. Public transit reduces road congestion, supports our economy and offers a cleaner, low-carbon way of getting around that works for people and builds healthy communities."

The program will save the equivalent of a $57-per-month TransLink pass or $687 per year, while savings on a BC Transit children's pass, at an average cost of $35 per month, would add up to $420 a year.

It is estimated that approximately 370,000 children aged 12 and under throughout B.C. are eligible to ride public transit free of charge.

While travel for children 12 and under will be free, parents and guardians remain responsible for providing adequate provisions for the safety and care of their children whenever travelling on transit.

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