Ride Safely into 2016 with Brandon Transit

December 21, 2015


Brandon, MB – Thanks to continued support from community sponsors, Brandon Transit is, once again, offering New Year’s Eve revellers a safe, FREE ride as they ring in 2016 at New Year’s Eve festivities across Brandon on December 31st.  Once again supporting Brandon Transit’s efforts as the New Year’s Eve Transit program sponsor is Manitoba Public Insurance.

From 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31st (New Year’s Eve) to 3 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1st (New Year’s Day), Brandon Transit will run its buses on a regular modified (hourly) service.  During those hours, it will be absolutely free to get on or off the bus at any of those route’s designated stops. This is the 5th consecutive year Brandon Transit has offered its free New Year’s Eve Ride Program.

“Since launching this program in 2011, we’ve offered in the range of 2,500 complimentary transit rides on New Year’s Eve,” notes Marty Farthing, Acting Manager of Transit with the City of Brandon. “Brandon Transit is proud to be able to offer this service as one of several safe alternatives in the community to get you to and from your New Year’s Eve festivities.”

As many revellers are on the go while making New Year’s Eve plans, Brandon Transit makes it easy to plan your ride right from your mobile device with the Google Transit Web Service! To plan your NYE travel route or for more information on Brandon Transit’s regular modified service routes, visit www.brandontransit.ca.

Manitoba Public Insurance is committed to reducing alcohol-related collisions, deaths, and injuries, and providing the New Year's Eve transit service in Brandon makes perfect sense.

“Too many Manitobans know someone whose life has been forever changed because of impaired driving,” said Ward Keith, vice-president, Business Development & Communications and chief product officer, Manitoba Public Insurance. “So many of these lives were lost in collisions that could have been avoided if someone had simply made the right choice. That’s why we are encouraging everyone to make smart decisions this holiday season. If you drink, don’t drive. There are plenty of options at your disposal, including the transit buses.”

Brandon Transit also thanks its local media partners 880 CKLQ/94.7 Star FM, 96.1 BOB FM/101.1 The Farm, and the Brandon Sun for their assistance in promoting this important public service to the community.