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New poll: How has the one-zone bus fare changed the way you travel?

TransLink’s one-zone fare structure for buses and HandyDART vehicles has been up and running for a month.

This means that no matter the distance or time of day, you travel anywhere in our region by bus for a single zone fare.

So, we want to know, how has this change affected your transit travel?

Weigh in with our latest poll that will be open until November 22.

Choose from the given answers, leave us a comment with your thoughts below or email us.

How has the one-zone bus fare changed the way you travel?

  • It has saved me money reducing the amount of zones per trip. (42%, 62 Votes)
  • Not at all. I only use the SkyTrain, West Coast Express and SeaBus. (40%, 58 Votes)
  • My bus is much busier than before so I try to avoid it. (12%, 18 Votes)
  • I'm still confused as to what it all means! (5%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 146





  • By Sean Turvey, November 6, 2015 @ 10:45 am


  • By Jordan, November 6, 2015 @ 3:38 pm

    Where is the “I only travel in 1-zone option” ;)

  • By Adrienne Coling, November 9, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    Good point, Jordan! I’ll add those answers if people comment! Thanks :)

  • By Ann, November 9, 2015 @ 9:55 pm

    I have a One Zone Monthly Compass Card. If I travel from Vancouver to Burnaby on a bus only trip and once I’m in Burnaby I travel by Skytrain within Burnaby. Will I be charged AddFare?

    Thank you.

  • By Adrienne Coling, November 20, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    Hi Ann, sorry about the delay, some glitches in the comment section seem to be hanging on!
    In this case, if you are not crossing any zones ON SkyTrain, you would not be charged an AddFare.

  • By Jennifer, November 13, 2015 @ 2:27 pm

    I would take bus-only, as it would significantly decrease the cost of my monthly bus pass. But as there isn’t a ‘replacement bus’ that goes the length of Lougheed highway from Gaglardi to Commercial, the only way to avoid the skytrain involves adding 30 mins to an already hour-long commute.

  • By GodSquad, November 13, 2015 @ 3:01 pm

    As a person living in North Van and commuting by bicycle to Vancouver for recreation, work, and community I am far more likely to to use transit having to pay only a single zone fare. That extra $1.25 isn’t much for a single trip but it adds up over months and years. It seems strange to me that Seabus is still a two zone fare when busses aren’t.

  • By Adrienne Coling, November 20, 2015 @ 1:06 pm

    Good point! I think the couple of bucks here and there really do add up over time.
    In 2016/17 after Compass has been fully implemented and used for some time, there will be a fare review process to see what works with our new fare system and more. Stay tuned for that!

  • By Anomieus, November 13, 2015 @ 5:27 pm

    Even though this is saving me $$ I wanted to pick your “My bus is much busier than before so I try to avoid it.” but I actually don’t have a choice about my transit – I take the 160/190 bus. Why didn’t Translink listen when everyone said, before you brought this in, that the buses would be overcrowded? Cause that’s EXACTLY what happened. Since October 5, my bus regularly passes up passengers at the BEGINNING of the route, and I have had to wait an extra hour just to get on a bus, both AM and PM, about 2-3 times a week. Such poor planning Translink, when you knew this would happen! Everyone warned you it would! Add more buses!!

  • By Ric, November 16, 2015 @ 12:21 pm

    One zone bus only travel has not changed the way I travel. Cost doesn’t matter to me. What is more of a concern is pass ups on buses that are full causing me to be late. Therefore, my travel will stay the same no matter how many zones it will be.

  • By elevtechlift, November 18, 2015 @ 2:49 pm

    If distance-based fares are to be implemented, I pretty sure cash fares on bus would have to be discontinued and cash fares would only be allow on SkyTrain, WCE, and SeaBus only (no transfers to bus) as those systems are fixed routes and are easier to implement.

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