Grads receive transit passes

Summerland and other communities served by B.C, Transit are offering GradPASS to graduating students.

Summerland and other communities served by B.C, Transit are offering GradPASS, a special pass offering graduating students two days of free, unlimited transit travel in June.

A total of 19,500 passes will be given to 19,500 Grade 12 students in 30 communities.

GradPASS was first introduced in Vancouver in 1988 as part of the Counterattack program.

Victoria first participated in 1990.

This year, Summerland is also taking part in the program.

“The safety of young people is of paramount concern, and the province, local governments, B.C. Transit and parents support students’ smart decisions to take transit during graduation celebrations,” Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone said.

“I congratulate this year’s high school grads and wish them well on their journey forward.”

“On behalf of all of us at B.C. Transit, we offer best wishes to all graduates as they begin the next chapter of their lives,” said B.C. Transit President and CEO Manuel Achadinha.

“We hope this graduation present is the start of a lifetime commitment to sustainable transportation choices.”

Students who receive a GradPASS scratch their two chosen travel days and show the card to the bus driver.

The pass is not transferable and may only be used in participating communities.