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Free public transit for veterans, military on Remembrance Day

Public transit will be running on a Sunday/holiday schedule.
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Veterans and active military members can ride for free on public transportation on Nov.11.

Veterans and active military members will be able to ride for free on most public transportation on Remembrance Day.

TransLink is offering free transit, including HandyDART, on Nov. 11 to honour the service and sacrifices of past and present veterans.

Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, police and fire departments, Canadian Coast Guard and BC Ambulance Service will need to present their badge, military ID, Veteran's Service Card or appear in uniform to receive free transit.

They can ride for free on buses all day, and Skytrain and seabus for free from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“This Remembrance Day, TransLink is honoured to support those who have served and continue to serve our country,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn, in a media release.

“On November 11, we also want to acknowledge all the first responders who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe and secure every day.”

Holiday fares will be in effect for non-veterans with services running on a Sunday and holiday schedule.

West Coast Express will not be running.

The SkyTrain, Seabus and buses will observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. at their closest stop to the hour this Friday.

Poppies will be given out, by donation, by the members of the Royal Canadian Legion at various transit hubs.

“The funds raised by the Poppy Campaign enable us to fulfill our mission within our communities and ensure our veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, and their families get the support they deserve,” said Craig Thomson, president of the BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion Foundation.

“Our partnership with TransLink is a wonderful opportunity for us to engage with everyday Canadians.”

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