B.C. Day also 'Free Transit Day' in Metro Vancouver

TransLink is making the gesture as a way of compensating commuters who were trapped or stranded last month in two system-wide, weekday rush hour failures.

TransLink's free rides meant to compensate for July's serious SkyTrain meltdowns

Some commuters are wondering why the free ride is on a civic holiday, when the inconveniences happened on regular zoned-fare weekdays. (CBC)

TransLink is offering free service all day today in Metro Vancouver.

The SkyTrain operator is making this gesture as a way of compensating commuters who were trapped or stranded last month in two system-wide, weekday rush hour failures.

"To show our appreciation for customers, we're offering a free day of transit on Aug. 4, 2014. Whether you travel by bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus or HandyDart, we've got you covered!" TransLink writes on its website, noting that most services will be running on a Sunday schedule.

But some commuters are wondering why the free ride is on a civic holiday, when the inconveniences happened on regular zoned-fare weekdays.

Translink CEO Ian Jarvis said picking a weekday to offer free service would have left many people unhappy.

"Our experience is when we offer free service on weekdays, it impacts our regular customers, because the system is crowded," he said.

Still, Jarvis says they expect today to be a busy transit day, and some additional buses and trains will be added to help get riders to and from the day's big events.


What do you think? Are you planning on taking TransLink up on its free ride offer today? Tell us in the comments section below.

With files from the CBC's Tina Lovgreen

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