Vancouver Bus Riders Rejoice: All Fares to be Just $2.75

Photo credit: ArielKettle | Wikipedia

Photo credit: ArielKettle | Wikipedia

Vancouver bus riders are about to get a little break, courtesy of some newfangled technology that just never worked right.

Starting on Oct. 5, all TransLink bus riders will be charged a single rate of $2.75, regardless of how far they travel. Currently, that’s the rate for single-zone riders, while passengers who cross zones have to pony up $4 or $5.50 for two- or three-zone fares.

The rate change corresponds to the official roll-out of the Compass Card payment system to all transit users this October. Under the new system, passengers use a card to “tap in” and “tap out” of buses, SkyTrains and SeaBuses. The cards are loaded with value in advance and the appropriate fare is deducted automatically.   Continue reading:
Vancouver Bus Riders Rejoice: All Fares to be Just $2.75

TransLink Introducing Fare Gates and Metro Cards in 2013

Photo credit: BC Gov Photos | Flickr

The days of the honor system are almost over.

TransLink, which runs Vancouver’s SkyTrains and buses, has officially announced it will implement fare gates by next fall, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.  That means an end to the current system, where transit riders are largely trusted to purchase tickets and don’t need to pass through turnstiles.

The centrepiece of the new $171-million system is the Compass Card.  Similar to metro cards in many other large cities, the Compass Card allows riders to deposit money for fares onto a swipable card – from a single day’s worth of fares to an entire month’s.  You scan the card at validators when you enter and leave the transit system, and the correct fare is automatically deducted.

There’s a big convenience factor that goes along with the new system.   Continue reading:
TransLink Introducing Fare Gates and Metro Cards in 2013

Translink Introduces the Compass Card

Hooray! Vancouver is getting its very own re-loadable electronic pass for public transit! No longer do I need to scramble around in my change jar, fighting through all the pennies to find something that doesn’t require me walking out with fistfuls of coins, just to catch the bus.

Last October, Translink put out the call for Vancouverites to name this new card, and the finalists were Starfish, Tpass and Compass. As you can probably already guess, Compass came out on top.

Continue reading:
Translink Introduces the Compass Card