It was a double birthday bash for two centenarians today as both Calgary Transit and long-time rider Bennie Panaro celebrated their 100th birthday.
Panaro is a long-time Calgary Transit customer who even today, at the age of 100, still rides the bus. She said that she has seen big changes in Calgary Transit over the years - from street cars, to trolley buses to the LRTs.
To assist with the celebration, Calgary Transit chartered a bus to take Mrs. Panaro to the Montgomery Community Centre where her family and friends gathered in her honour.
Calgary Transit Director Fred Wong said, “We are happy and honoured to celebrate our centennial with Mrs. Panaro as she celebrates her 100th birthday.”
Calgary Transit says 280,000 people ride the CTrain every weekday.
Visit Calgary Transit for a brief history and photogallery of our city's public transportation over the past century.