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!