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Congrats to Oleksiy Gayda: winner of our fare card naming contest!

Bus operator Anthony Crann, TransLink VP Mike Madill, name contest winner Oleksiy Gayda and SkyTrain’s Colleen Milek show off the new card on Thursday, March 31, 2011!

Oleksiy Gayda, winner of the naming contest!

A big congratulations to Oleksiy Gayda from Burnaby, who submitted the name Compass for the new electronic fare card!

Seventy-two people actually submitted the name Compass to the contest, and Oleksiy’s name was randomly drawn to win the prize of an iPad and a pass loaded with a year of transit, once the smartcard system is operational in 2013.

Oleksiy has lived in Vancouver since moving here over 10 years ago, and he’s a regular transit rider, since he doesn’t own a car!

For the contest, he submitted two or three names, including Compass.

“With Compass, I was thinking of a word that could mean something more, like a commuter or community pass, shortened to Compass,” he said.

And in fact, Oleksiy said he’d forgotten about the contest until he got the call a few days ago saying he’d won. It was a real shock.

“This is the first time I’ve ever won a contest,” Oleksiy said. “So this is a great experience, and a great prize.”

Again, feel free to share your thoughts on the name and the new card in the comments: and for more on the smartcard project, check the main smartcard project page, or the past Buzzer blog smartcard posts.

And scroll on down for more pictures of the name launch today!

Compass buttons and stickers handed out this morning

Transit user Felisia Fullerton picks up some Compass swag at Waterfront Station.

TransLink staffer Harmeet handing out Compass stuff at Metrotown Station!

Coast Mountain Bus staffer Jennifer hands out Compass stuff at Metrotown bus loop.

Waiting for the crowds at Commercial Broadway!

Handing off a Compass pass holder to a customer at Commercial-Broadway Station.

A close up of the Compass buttons and pass holders.

Handing out stuff at Marine Drive Station!

And just for fun---the communications staff on the smartcard project took the giant smartcard back to their office on the SkyTrain. Ha!


  • By Ryan, March 31, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    Wish there would have been someone handing out stuff at all the train stations. I got on the Canada Line before 6 am at City Centre and got off at Sea Island Centre after 6am, but saw no one. Then coming home this afternoon, no one at Yaletown when I got off just before 3:30. I just wish there would be people around for all commuters and not just some stations and only during certain peak hours.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, March 31, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    Ryan: sorry about that! If you email me your address I could see about mailing you some Compass stuff :)

  • By Kevin, March 31, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    I agree Ryan, I was at 22nd Station, New West & Columbia today at 830am and then around 1230am but not a single staff was to be seen!

    How much longer will this be going on for?

  • By daniel, March 31, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

    wow! i sure missed alot! been too busy to check the blog! mind mailing me some compass sawg also jhen? thanks!
    also 2 questions. how much will it coast to purchase a compass card? and also will it changed the way it willwork like a monthly farecard?

  • By Nick, April 1, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    He got an ipad 1… poor fella :(

  • By Gleydson, April 4, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    Feeling sad about our system based on trust and honesty… :-(

  • By Jeffrey, April 13, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    Would the Compass stuff be available in stores in the future?

  • By Jeff, August 14, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    When are the Compass cards going to start coming out for employees? When will the general public start to see them?

  • By Jorge, December 7, 2015 @ 8:06 pm

    if you dig into the entries for the naming contest you will find my name. I proposed the same name than the winner….Compass.

    I know its hard to find the truth but it hurts.

  • By Jorge, December 7, 2015 @ 8:07 pm

    if you dig into the entries for the naming contest you will find my name. I proposed the same name than the winner….Compass.

    I know its hard to find the truth but it hurts..

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