Santa Bus cruises city routes for charity

Nanaimo Regional Transit is in the holiday spirit with the return of the Santa Bus.

Nanaimo Regional Transit is in the holiday spirit with the return of the Santa Bus and free, modified New Year’s Eve service.

The Santa Bus takes to the roads Friday and Saturday (Dec. 16-17) with runs Friday including No. 1A from Woodgrove Centre at 3:33 p.m., No. 5 leaving Prideaux and Fitzwilliam streets at 4:38 p.m. and No. 44 for Vancouver Island University from Prideaux and Fitzwilliam at 5;45 p.m.

Santa Claus will be behind the wheel Saturday for No. 8 at Woodgrove at 8:53 a.m., No. 7 for Cedar from South Parkway at 9:41 a.m., No. 9 from South Parkway at 10:19 a.m., 1A from Woodgrove at 11:43 a.m., No. 6 at Prideaux and Fitzwilliam streets at 12:46 p.m., No. 44 for VIU at 2 p.m., No. 3 at Country Club Centre at 2:36 p.m. and No. 2 from Prideaux and Fitzwilliam at 3:11 p.m.

Passengers are invited to donate non-perishable food items or cash. All proceeds go to the Salvation Army.

Meanwhile, holiday service includes:

Dec. 24 – Reduced weekday service until 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 25 – No service.

Dec. 26 – Sunday service.

Dec. 27-30 – Reduced weekday service

Dec. 31 – Regular Saturday service until 8:30 p.m., free modified evening service from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Jan. 1 – Sunday service, provided by the RDN and Woodgrove Centre

Jan. 2 – Regular service resumes.

For more information, please go to www.rdn.bc.ca.