Free Kingston Transit Rides Offered for Saturday’s Santa Parade

Published on: 2019/11/12 - in News

Kingstonians will be able to enjoy free transit this Saturday, Nov. 16 in celebration of the Nighttime Santa Parade. All Kingston Transit bus on any route, both local and Express, will be free for the entire day courtesy of Kingston Transit and Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Area as they mark the nightime parade’s 16th year.

Additional buses will also be added to the standard Saturday schedule, offering 15-minute service on all Express Routes from 3pm to 5:30pm with extra buses added to provide frequent service after the parade.

“The extra service we’re offering this Saturday is the perfect excuse for people to use one of our Park & Ride locations. Riders can drive their vehicles to a Park & Ride, hop on a bus and we can take them right downtown to all the action,” said Jeremy DaCosta, Director, Transit Services. “Express 501/502 passengers have a new Park & Ride option available this year with the Jim Beattie Park & Ride lot on Henderson Boulevard. Passengers will be able to enjoy an easy 20-minute commute straight downtown.”

Free parking is available at Kingston Transit’s six Park & Ride locations: Jim Beattie Park on Henderson Boulevard, Centre 70 at Front and Days roads, the INVISTA Centre at 1350 Gardiners Rd., Kingston Gospel Temple at 2295 Princess St., Montreal Street at Highway 401 and Innovation Drive east of Highway 15. Bus stops are within a short walking distance of each of these locations.

Beginning at 5pm, Downtown Kingston!’s annual Nighttime Santa Claus Parade will run along Princess Street from Bath Road to Ontario Street and the Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at Springer Market Square following the parade.

Kingston Transit’s pre-parade special event Express schedule is available at and on real-time transit apps such as Google Maps, Transit or Moovit. Kingston Transit staff will also be available online during the parade to assist with transit-related questions via Kingston Transit’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

Photo: Randy Landicho (cc)