More than 700 revellers rang in the new year by leaving the driving to Brandon Transit, despite temperatures that hovered around 20 C from 6 p.m. until the last buses left at 3 a.m.
This is the second year in a row that free Brandon Transit service has been provided into the early morning hours, as a result of the generous sponsorship from Manitoba Public Insurance.
“Brandon Transit is very pleased to partner with MPI to provide this important service once again this year,” said Timothy Sanderson, the City of Brandon’s director of transportation services.
“By leaving the driving to us, hundreds of Brandonites and visitors were able to ring in the New Year in a safe and comfortable fashion.”
In 2011, the first year of the program, 970 rides were provided on New Year’s Eve, with the greater amount of rides being attributed to the warmer weather in the inaugural year.
On a regular weeknight, Brandon Transit carries around 500 passengers.
Additional support for this program was provided by 880 CKLQ/94.7 STAR FM, KX96/101.1 The Farm and the Brandon Sun.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 4, 2013