October 5, 2015, 9:00 am
Today is the day! All buses and HandyDART vehicles are officially operating on a one-zone fare structure.
Because of this, if you hop on TransLink’s Trip Planner today, you may notice a bit of a makeover.
Trip Planner has been adjusted to include the new one-zone bus fares.
If you are using a Compass product, you can use Stored Value on your Compass Card to get exactly the same discount as the current FareSaver tickets.
If you are viewing on your desktop computer, you will now see four fare options now instead of two.
The difference on mobile is fairly minimal.
The Trip Planner will show two fares: cash and Stored Value. This is instead of the single cash fare we show now.
These prices reflect fares that are valid during the transition to the Compass system.
Please note! These prices reflect Compass and cash fares in a “fare gates closed” scenario.
This means that, until that time, your current fare MAY be different from what Trip Planner lists for you.
Single cash fare prices remain the same.
You can see this on the regular fare tables.
You can use Stored Value on your Compass Card to get the same discount as the current FareSaver tickets.
Currently, you can use tradition fare media (transfers, FareCards, monthly passes, etc.) to travel from the bus to SkyTrain/SeaBus without having to buy another fare.
Once all Compass fare gates are closed, tickets purchased on a bus won’t be valid for transfer to rail or SeaBus.
In the future, customers paying cash on the bus will need to purchase another fare if transferring from bus to rail or SeaBus.
This is because the traditional faremedia are magnetic strips while Compass faregates use an RFID antenna allowing you to tap your way on and off the system.
Compass customers will only pay one fare, if travelling within the 90-minute transfer window.
You can find more information at translink.ca/onezone
to help you transition to the 1-zone bus fare.
For convenient, one-stop source for customer questions and answers about the new Compass system, visit: AskCompass.ca.
Author: Adrienne Coling