Morning commuters will want to make sure they’ve got their Compass Card ready, with the last of TransLink’s fare gates set to close tomorrow morning.
The move means disabled passengers who can’t tap-in will have to phone ahead for access to SkyTrain and SeaBus terminals.
Speaking on The Jill Bennett Show, Jane Dyson with the Disability Alliance says that means less independence for some.
“Because it does mean that people that can’t open the gates basically have to ask for help. So compared to what it was like before the gates it’s a step back, and I know that there are people that feel a little discouraged.”
“Even though it’s going to be 18 months until these new proximity readers are in, TransLink has made a commitment, and Disability Alliance will be holding them to their word and making sure that that deadline is met.”
But Dyson says she’s encouraged by plans for a sensor-based permanent fix – and will be watching closely to make sure TransLink follows through.
TransLink says more than a million Compass Cards are now in effect and says the move is cutting down on fare evasion.