A Regional District of Nanaimo transit bus drives down Estevan Road. Public transit will be free on Oct. 19.

A Regional District of Nanaimo transit bus drives down Estevan Road. Public transit will be free on Oct. 19.

Election 2015: Regional District of Nanaimo provides free transit on election day

NANAIMO – Public transit will be free on all routes on Monday (Oct. 19).

Public transit in the Nanaimo region will be free on election day.

The Regional District has announced that all trips made on their public transit and Handy Dart services on Monday (Oct. 19) will be free.

Daniel Pearce, RDN transit operations manager, says it is important for people to have a way to their respective voting stations.“The system will be waiving all fares, so completely free, on Oct. 19,” Pearce said. “That is to ensure that people can get to the voting station as well as back home. People don’t need to have their voter card.”

Regular service begins at 6 a.m. and runs until midnight, while Handy Dart service begins at 7 a.m. and runs until 9 p.m.

Riders will not be required to have their voter card prior to boarding.

“The idea behind that was that if people needed to get their voter card at their station, they wouldn’t have been able to ride for free,” Pearce said. “We didn’t want to put those limitations on it where people are having more hindrances to get to voting.”

For more information, including a list of bus routes and times, please visit www.bctransit.com/nanaimo/home or call 250-390-4531.

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