Regular blog readers have been asking about this for years and we’re super excited to announce we’re looking at our transit fares again!
Over the years, the transit system in Metro Vancouver has grown into a diverse and expansive network that now provides nearly one million rides every day. But since 1984, one thing hasn’t changed much.
With the rollout of Compass, we now have new tools to create a fare system that provides a better customer.
What do you like about the current fare system? What would you change? As part of the first of four phases in the TransLink Transit Fare review, we want to hear what’s important to you.
As you know, our current fare system is made up of six core components that determine how much you pay to use transit in Metro Vancouver.
- Distance travelled
- Transit service
- Time of travel
- Fare product
- Customer group
- Journey time
In the Fare Review, everything is on table — don’t take anything for granted and get ready to share your opinions.
Take the survey between May 24 and June 30, 2016 at translink.ca/farereview and have your say on how to improve the transit fare system.
History of Fare Systems
As noted in our 125 Years of Transit series, Vancouver’s first public transit vehicle was an electric streetcar that rolled down Main Street for the first time in 1890. Soon, it was transporting Vancouver’s early residents and visitors along nine kilometres of track throughout the city. A few months later, an expansion line was opened to New Westminster.
From its earliest days, public transit in Metro Vancouver has focused on crossing municipal boundaries to connect the region. After nearly 100 years of experimenting with zones and boundaries, in 1984 a three-zone fare structure similar to the one we have today was created. From one flat fare for all trips to over 100 fares to choose from, our transit system has tried it all.