The City of Victoria has seen more than 500 youth transit passes get picked up at City Hall since they became available on Tuesday.
Since May, the City has installed a charge for Sunday street parking in an effort to fund free youth transit passes for Victoria residents aged 18 and younger. Annually, Sunday parking is anticipated to raise $850,000 per year.
All @ #yyj #youth join others and come get your free bus pass this week! @CityOfVictoria Hall is open 8:00am - 4:30pm. Thurs Nov 28th we're staying open until 7pm to make it easy for people who work during the day to pick up passes for their kids. #transit pic.twitter.com/a3aOIFsJLi— Lisa Helps - Victoria Mayor (@lisahelps) November 25, 2019
Victoria is piloting the program after reaching an agreement with BC Transit to access U-Passes similar to those used by students at the University of Victoria and Camosun College. In total, the passes cost the city $11.25 each per month.
Presently, the monthly passes can only be accessed by being picked up at City Hall by students or parents with proof of age and residence, such as a BC Health Services Card, a BC Driver’s License or a BC Identification Card with the current address.
Presently, both December and January passes are available. February passes are anticipated to be available in mid-January.
On Thursday, Nov. 28, City Hall will be open until 7 p.m. to try to accommodate parents and youth who are unable to come during regular office hours (from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
The pilot runs until August 2020. There are 7,200 passes available.
For more information visit victoria.ca/transit.