For the first time in 30 years, TransLink is going to review how much you pay to ride transit.
TransLink will take two years to do the review before announcing any changes.
The original three zone fare system was rolled out in 1984.
Since then, the only changes have been rising fares, and changing bus fares to one zone in order for it to marry with the SkyTrain using the new Compass Card.
TransLink says with the Compass Card, there are new tools to create a better fare system.
Everything on the table
The review begins today with an online survey to gather your feedback on what you like or don’t like about transit services.
Translink spokesperson Jennifer Morland says the transit authority is looking at all options.
“Everything is on the table. So it could be the things that you mentioned. It could be looking at distance based pricing or time of travel or how long you are out on the system. What we really want to hear from customers is what they value.”
But she wouldn’t commit to immediate changes as soon as the two year review ends.
“I wouldn’t want to speculate on the exact timing of implementation. I think it all depends on what we are hearing from customers throughout the whole process and what kind of changes we are looking at implementing. Really right now we are focusiong on hearing directly from our customers and understanding what they value, how the system is working for them, and how we may be able to improve it.”
The two-year long review will have four phases with the first rolling out today.
People are being asked to take an online survey as part of gathering public feedback.