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Kids 12 and under to ride transit for free

The Get on Board initiative will begin on Sept. 1.
A BC Transit bus awaits passengers in Kamloops.

Beginning on Sept. 1, children ages 12 and under will be able to ride BC Transit buses in Kamloops for free.

"Free transit for children 12 and under makes life more affordable for families," Premier John Horgan said. "Taking public transit is a great choice It offers a cleaner, low-carbon way of getting around that works for people, communities and the environment.”

Anyone who typically buys fares or monthly bus passes for children 12 and under will no longer need to do so. A family that buys their child a $35 monthly transit pass for a year will save $420.

It is estimated that approximately 370,000 children ages 12 and under throughout B.C. will be eligible to ride for free when the program is launched.

Environment Minister George Heyman said the hope is the initiative will create lifelong transit riders and build better, more inclusive and sustainable communities.