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Free Transit rides offered for Santa Claus Parade

November 12, 2014 -

Take a free ride on Kingston Transit and Downtown Kingston! on Saturday, Nov. 22 to go see the nighttime Santa Claus Parade.

Riding Kingston Transit including the Express service will be free from 3 p.m. and for the rest of the day and evening for anyone boarding Kingston Transit anywhere in the city. Free transit is made possible by a joint initiative of the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (Downtown Kingston!) and Kingston Transit.

The normal Saturday Express 30-minute service will be supplemented with additional buses to offer 15-minute service from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. This special event Express schedule is available on the Kingston Transit website, kingstontransit.ca.

"Kingston Transit has great service to and from the downtown area. Taking the free ride to the night-time Santa Claus Parade is a wonderful opportunity to experience the service," says Doug Ritchie of the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area, which organizes the Parade.

"This event is the perfect excuse to try a park and ride lot and see how quick and easy it is to get exactly where you want to go using public transit," says Jeremy DaCosta, Manager Kingston Transit.

Park and Ride lots are located at Centre 70 at Front and Days Roads, the Kingston Gospel Temple at 2295 Princess St., Montreal Street at Hwy 401, and the INVISTA Centre at 1350 Gardiners Rd.

Downtown Kingston!'s annual Nighttime Santa Claus Parade starts at 5 p.m. and runs along Princess Street from Bath Road to Springer Market Square.

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The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.