Kingston Transit Partners to Create Escape Room on Transit Bus

Published on: 2019/07/31 - in News

Kingston Transit will not just be providing city-wide free rides for the Princess St. Promenade Day on all its routes this year, but also partnering with Improbable Escapes to create an escape room on a parked transit bus.

The free escape room challenge will be located at Princess and Bagot streets at the event, which runs from 10am to 5pm this Saturday, Aug. 3. Participating in the challenge is on a first come, first serve basis.

“We had great success with our Improbable Escapes partnership at last year’s Princess St. Promenade events so we decided to partner once again with a new adventure. This innovative, family friendly experience, named Mad Labs, aims to make the bus into game while escapees will work to save Kingston from a mad scientist,” said Jeremy DaCosta, director of transit and fleet services.

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This marks seven years that Kingston Transit has offered free rides as part of the Princess St. Promenade events. “They are fantastic community events that celebrate active transportation and taking Kingston Transit to such an event is one way to make your trips downtown more active and environmentally-friendly. Plus, it’s easy and stress free,” said DaCosta.

Riders are encouraged to try one of the four most popular Park & Ride locations in the city:

* The Kingston Gospel Temple, connects to Express 501/502 and Routes 4, 7 and 14;
* Centre 70, connects to Express 501/502 and Routes 6 and 15;
* Montreal Street at Highway 401, connects to the new Express 801/802; or
* Innovation Drive at Highway 15, connects to Express 601/602.

All Park & Ride locations will provide service to the Downtown Transfer Point in fewer than 20 minutes. Plan your bus trip with Google Transit.

This DowntownKingston! event is designed to make Princess Street a pedestrian-friendly, vehicular-free festival zone, to promote the use of active transportation (walking, cycling or riding Kingston Transit) to get downtown. Kingston’s main street will be closed 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Barrie to Ontario.

Retailers, restaurants and other Promenade participants offer activities throughout this day-long event.

About Improbable Escapes

Improbable Escapes is a live action adventure escape room company that has been Kingston’s #1 Fun Thing To Do since 2015. Improbable Escapes is considered a leader in the realm of gamification: learning through gameplay, and has been lecturing on this topic since the company’s inception in 2015. Improbable Escapes has worked with various organizations, such as Parks Canada, St. Lawrence Parks Commission, and has run escape room experiences at many sites such as Bellevue House National Historic Site, Fort Henry National Historic Site, Murney Tower National Historic Site of Canada, and Kingston City Hall.

Photo: City of Kingston