BC Transit continues to provide safe rides to new grads

May 21, 2019
Transit System: Global

Corporate – High school graduates from over 70 communities across British Columbia will be able to ride the bus for free for two days of their choice during the month of June thanks to the GradPASS program.

BC Transit and its partner communities are once again offering the popular GradPASS program for graduating Grade 12 students all over the province.

“Grad season can be a busy and exciting time for high school graduates – and GradPASS provides them with access to a free and safe transportation option,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Thank you to BC Transit for another year of GradPASS, and to the more than 70 local governments in B.C. and the Victoria Regional Transit Commission for their support of this increasingly popular program.”

GradPASS was first introduced in Vancouver in 1988 to encourage safe transportation options during prom season for recent graduates. The Victoria Regional Transit System adopted the program in 1990, with other communities following suit over the years. Today, over 70 communities across the province offer GradPASS to new graduates at the end of May for their use in June.

“BC Transit is pleased to congratulate the graduating class of 2019 for reaching an important milestone in their lives,” said Erinn Pinkerton, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer. “Graduating high school is a great accomplishment for all students. BC Transit would like to remind graduates of the importance of choosing transit as a safe and reliable transportation option when celebrating their achievement.”

To use their GradPASS, graduates only need to scratch off their two chosen travel days (does not 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.

For information on BC Transit schedules, routes and service alerts in your community, please visit bctransit.com, and select your local transit system.

Media contact

Jonathon Dyck
Communications Manager
BC Transit
250-995-5720
Media@bctransit.com

GradPASS-Graphic

Communities participating in the GradPASS program:

Abbotsford                     
Agassiz                    
Armstrong             
Ashcroft                       
Burns Lake                   
Campbell River            
Castlegar                 
Chemainus          
Chilliwack                    
Clearwater                   
Comox                          
Courtenay                 
Cranbrook             
Dawson Creek            
Duncan
Elkford                          
Enderby                   
Fernie                    
Fort St John                
Gibsons                      
Hazelton                        
Hope                         
Houston                 
Kamloops                    
Kaslo                         
Kelowna                       
Keremeos                  
Kitimat                   
Ladysmith                   
Lake Country
Lake Cowichan             
Lumby                     
Madeira Park         
Merritt                         
Mill Bay
Mission                         
Nakusp                   
Nanaimo                
Nelson                       
North Saanich
Oliver                             
Osoyoos                   
Parksville               
Pemberton                 
Penticton                    
Port Alberni                   
Port Hardy               
Port McNeill           
Powell River               
Prince George                
Prince Rupert                 
Qualicum Beach     
Revelstoke            
Rossland                    
Saanichton                   
Salmo                             
Salt Spring Island   
Sechelt                  
Shawnigan Lake        
Smithers                     
Sooke                             
South Slocan           
Squamish              
Summerland               
Terrace
Trail                               
Vancouver               
Vanderhoof             
Vernon                       
Victoria                                      
Whistler                         
Williams Lake