An online petition is gaining steam over bus riders having to pay twice if they want to transfer to the Skytrain under Translink’s new fare card system.
As CKNW first reported back in October, once the new Compass card starts up in the fall, people who pay cash to ride the bus and then want to transfer to Skytrain will have to pay a second time.
That’s because the paper bus tickets are not compatible with the new Compass fare gate system.
Glyn Lewis, 29, has launched an online petition against what he calls the “double transit fee.”
“That is completely ridiculous. I understand they are bringing in a new pass system, but by their own admission at least six thousand people will be impacted by this.”
That number of 6,000 people having to pay a second time has been called into question.
As of 7 p.m., more than 500 people have added their names since the petition went live Wednesday morning.
Translink spokesman Derek Zabel reiterates that Compass Card users will not have to pay twice, only passengers who pay for their bus fare with coins.
He says updating the system so that paper cash tickets would be accepted at Skytrain would have been too expensive, at a cost of $25 million.
The petition can be found here.