If you like, skip to the end of this post to try the 1937 Buzzer trivia.
Last week’s post: ever used the Sunday/Holiday group ride offer?
Last week’s fun post asked if you had ever used our Sunday/Holiday group ride offer.
(The offer: if you have an adult FareCard, West Coast Express 28-Day Pass, or Annual Employer Transit Pass, you can take five children, or one adult and four children on transit with you for free.)
And after 137 votes, 55% said they had used the offer, while 45% said they hadn’t. (So maybe you can try it out one of these days, 45%-ers!)
As usual, the comments were full of insight. Some said they had no trouble using the offer and quite enjoyed it. For example, here’s Steven.
I have a monthly pass and my partner travels free on a Sunday and holiday. It would be great if other cities would do this to encourage more public transport usage.
We’ve never had any problems using it as a same sex married couple of different ethnic backgrounds which says a lot about the city we live in.
And here’s zack, who found out about the offer while on the system.
A couple of months ago I was traveling with my parents on a Sunday, and we were just boarding the bus when suddenly the bus driver asked if “we were a family of three?” and we said “yes”. My Dad had a three-zone pass, I had a concession pass, and my mom was paying the regular fare. So the bus driver told us about the family pass program and said that mom can ride for free. We were shocked! To make sure, we called TransLink’s customer service for info and if such a program exists. And they said “Yes!”.
However, others said that they encountered issues when trying to use the group ride offer. Mike M‘s comment sums it up well:
I first read the monthly pass group ride policy in the Buzzer and have used it a dozen times or so in the last year, always for me and a friend. PLEASE Coast Mountain Bus Company..be sure ALL your drivers are aware of the policy. Twice I was told it was for families only and 2 adult men couldn’t use one together. Made me feel a bit like a fare-evader, even though I wasn’t doing anything wrong.
Yikes — sorry Mike. Well, to be clear on this, the policy is NOT just for families: friends can be taken on board as part of the offer. I’ve passed this thread on over to CMBC so they can help clarify the policy for operators who might not know.
And to follow up on a few questions raised in the comments: yes, you can use this group ride offer on WCE if you have your 28-Day WCE pass. Also, you can’t take five adults with you as part of this offer — you can only take one adult plus four children, or five children. Adults can’t be substituted for kids in this offer.
This week: 1937 Buzzer trivia
Last year I ran this trivia item in one of the print Buzzers. Hopefully not too many of you have solved it before!
I’m sure you guys will figure this out in a flash, anyway. Answers next week!