Translink has announced that starting Oct. 5, all users will need is a one zone bus pass, all day, every day.
Officials says the change will stop riders from being charged extra if they forget to tap out on the bus under the Compass Card, which is set to roll out to the general public this fall.
But, will Tap-Out ever work on busses?
Translink C-F-O Cathy McLay:
“It’s too early to answer that question. We are going to watch it, and we’re going to monitor it”
That means a much of the data the company had hoped to collect on ridership will be lost.
There are also lingering questions about bus-skytrain compatibility for users who don’t pay with compass.
“So cash… once all the gates are closed, there is no ability to transfer. You will have to repay”
Skytrain, Seabus, Canada Line, and West Coast Express users will still be subject to fare zone rates.
The Compass system comes online two years late and $24 million over budget.
Over the next several weeks, Translink says single use Compass tickets will be available in vending machines, and the refillable cards should be stocked by late October.