TransLink has opened up registration for beta testing Compass, the transit’s new “tap in” and “tap out” electronic fare card set to arrive in late 2013.
Once fully implemented, Compass Card will replace all current passes and tickets, including West Coast Express products. The Compass Cards can be loaded with the fare product based on the user’s choosing, or cardholders can add stored value and pay as they go.
“Your ‘taps’ will help us make sure the system is working properly and efficiently across all of Metro Vancouver,” said TransLink.
The new electronic fare card will also make getting a transit pass even more convenient for both conventional transit and West Coast Express, because riders will be able to load a pass online, by phone, or at Compass Vending Machines, and set automatic pass renewals via “AutoLoad.”
Customers will still be able to pay by cash for single-rides on SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express and buses. Compass vending machines will issue electronic tickets, good for all transfers. The same 90-minute transfer limit applies.
The beta test will take place in fall 2013, for three or four weeks. The exact dates will be determined once additional system testing is complete. To become a Compass Beta Tester, submit your application by August 9, 2013.
To register for the beta click here.