Translink is expanding its smart card system this summer, but it still means only one fifth of the transit system’s one million riders will be swiping on and off the bus and sky train.
In an update posted to Translink’s website, officials say 130, 000 post secondary students will be using the Compass Card by the fall, up from 85,000.
“Although we were hoping to be in full swing by this time, we’ve learned from cities around the world that extended-delivery schedules are common with major-system changes.”
However, two years after testing first began, the corporation still won’t provide a timeline for the full roll out of the program.
The delays have been an issue of contention with critics of the transit plebiscite, as Metro Vancouver residents are asked to vote on whether or not they approve of a 0.5% sales tax increase to fund transit improvements.