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#ThanksABillion for one billion Compass taps!

It’s time to celebrate!! We are quickly approaching ONE BILLION Compass taps across the system and we want to commemorate this special occasion and to thank YOU, the Compass user, we have an exciting contest where you could win one of ten, special edition #Canada150 Compass Cards loaded with $50 in Stored Value! 

Update: Around 8:30 a.m. on August 24, 2017, a customer who boarded a bus on the 100 22nd Station/Marpole Loop tapped in on the bus’s mobile validator to record the billionth tap since the Compass system was first switched on for testing in September 2013!

How to enter (you can choose one or both entry modes!):

1. Comment on this Buzzer blog post with a memory that you have from before Compass by filling in the blank: “Remember when….” 

2. Retweet one (or all!) of the following tweets on Twitter:

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must be set to public to be entered**

The contest will run from Wednesday, August 23, 2017 to Friday, September 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. The winners will be chosen at random and notified within 48 hours of the contest closing.

Please read our official contest rules for more information.

Have questions about the contest? Ask away!
Comment below, email us or send us a tweet.

Author: Christina Jakopin


134 Comments

  • By Sean Turvey, August 23, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

    Remember when the streets were littered with used transfers?

  • By Phillip, August 23, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

    Remember when the bus driver used to rip a piece a paper with times on it as our ticket

  • By Jeannie Lam, August 23, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

    Remember when the transfer were paper and you had to see what time was punched to make sure you can make it back home with just one fare.

  • By Bonnie Y., August 23, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

    Remember when riders had to go to the store every month to buy a FareCard. Now, we can do it online with the Compass Card.

  • By metro_van_transit_and_more, August 23, 2017 @ 3:16 pm

    is it twitter only or can it be Instagram, too? also your system for compass must be super popular!

  • By Sarah Kertcher, August 24, 2017 @ 12:12 pm

    Twitter or a response on the blog! :)

  • By Matt, August 23, 2017 @ 3:17 pm

    Remember when you had to keep all your transfers for tax season write offs.

  • By NgocLan Ta, August 23, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

    Remembee rush to seven eleven to buy paper pass

  • By Christopher T, August 23, 2017 @ 3:23 pm

    Remember when faresaver tickets were discontinue?

  • By jessica bourgeois, August 23, 2017 @ 3:25 pm

    remember when you could pay for ticket on the bus and it was still good for the skytrain.

  • By CC, August 23, 2017 @ 3:33 pm

    Remember when the UPass had your face on it, at least until you stuck it in the farebox enough times to create a giant white streak down the centre?

  • By Rene, August 23, 2017 @ 3:37 pm

    Remember when the Canada Line was being constructed near Bridgeport?

  • By Ben Pearson, August 23, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

    Remember when you had to ensure you had enough change before every bus journey

  • By Katherine Fredette, August 23, 2017 @ 4:07 pm

    ‘remen when I was in grade 7 in Burnaby and kicked off a bus for paying concession fare without having a go card (they didnt issue them until grade 8 I Burnaby)

  • By Zara, August 23, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

    Remember when… you had to buy a whole bunch of faresavers from the 7/11 near your house before any family trip or school field trip? and carefully rip them off so that you won’t rip it before inserting in into the machine

  • By Samuel Ma, August 23, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

    Remember when the Canada Line was still being built for the 2010 Olympics?

  • By Nicole Duong, August 23, 2017 @ 4:27 pm

    Remember when I didn’t know how to validate the ticket in a winter night couple years ago. I stayed still in front of the door gate and wish it could open quickly… the longest night ever until a security man showed me how to validate at the machine! I love the current process of the Compass better (:

  • By JP C, August 23, 2017 @ 4:27 pm

    Remember when you had to pick the scratch off card powder out of your thumbnails?

  • By Nicole Auchterlonie, August 23, 2017 @ 4:32 pm

    Remember when you either had to always make sure you had the right change or have time to go to 7/11 to get the fare savers.

  • By Jen, August 23, 2017 @ 5:06 pm

    Remember the Bombardier train that ran from Olympic Village to Granville Island during the Olympics?

  • By Tasha s, August 23, 2017 @ 5:08 pm

    Remember when it was only 35 cents to take the bus to school? 35 years ago!

  • By Laurie, August 23, 2017 @ 5:20 pm

    Remember when you had to ask your friends if they had any FareSavers to spare minutes before boarding the ferry, because you couldn’t purchase them at the terminal?

  • By Julia, August 23, 2017 @ 5:23 pm

    Remember when losing a bus pass meant you had to get Faresavers or scrounge for change for the rest of the month, on top of what you’d already paid for the pass?

  • By L, August 23, 2017 @ 5:34 pm

    Remember when the Canada Line first opened and there were long lineups to get into the train station at Vancouver City Centre station?

  • By Matt, August 23, 2017 @ 6:04 pm

    Remember when we used to pay with cash for everything (not just buses) and the driver would rip a transfer off at a certain angle to indicate the time of expiry?

  • By Stacey, August 23, 2017 @ 7:04 pm

    Remember when you had to scramble to remember if you had an Faresavers left in the packet to get you on to the bus that day?

  • By Mint, August 23, 2017 @ 7:25 pm

    Remember when I’m in panic when see transit police on the trains.

  • By Alice Li, August 23, 2017 @ 7:33 pm

    remember when there were the 10 pack fare cards?

  • By Michael, August 23, 2017 @ 7:48 pm

    Remember when it was just fun to insert the faresavers and watch them pop back out?

  • By Mikko, August 23, 2017 @ 8:12 pm

    Remember when we’d have a magical collection of USED tickets at home. Now, how was that for collectors edition!?

  • By Mikko, August 23, 2017 @ 8:16 pm

    Remember when we’d have to UNFOLD used-tickets from our pockets and hope it would still work!

  • By Jonathan, August 23, 2017 @ 8:20 pm

    remember that feeling when you woke up on the 1st of the month without a month pass

  • By Rajshekhar Modi, August 23, 2017 @ 8:53 pm

    Remember when it was 150th Canada day celebration and people got selected Compass cards? I hope I get lucky this time.

  • By John Farrell, August 23, 2017 @ 9:10 pm

    Remember when you were young enough to not pay adult fare, you used a blue plastic token to pay your fare? And when you needed more, you bought a little paper envelope full of them from the bus driver. Also, the driver gave you change back from your $1 bill using the metal coin dispenser that all drivers had. (1960’s)

  • By Sammie, August 23, 2017 @ 9:13 pm

    Remeber when fares were little brown rectangular papers?

  • By Angela Geib, August 23, 2017 @ 9:32 pm

    Remember when there was only one b-line and it went from ubc to lougheed mall

  • By Greg L., August 23, 2017 @ 9:59 pm

    the bus driver would rip the transfer ticket with the time left on it

  • By Catherine Glass, August 23, 2017 @ 10:30 pm

    Remember when if you lost your monthly pass you had no recourse?

  • By Victor Chau, August 23, 2017 @ 11:04 pm

    remember when you used to have to put coins into the machine to get the tickets

  • By Jeff, August 23, 2017 @ 11:14 pm

    Remember when you had to rip Faresavers out of the booklet

  • By Dallas, August 23, 2017 @ 11:38 pm

    Got annoyed of people using the system (faking they had passes). (I can admit I have done it once or twice). But now with faregates, it makes miss miwny go into the system!

  • By Alex, August 24, 2017 @ 1:27 am

    Remember when you seen more people on skytrain before compass gates appeared? Remember the transition between bctransit to translink having the system named buslink?
    Remember metrotown for 35 and a half years with one elevator and no escalators? Now there are 4 elevators and 4 escalators (2 up 2 down). And having to ask driver “can i get a transfer please” even before faresavers invented!?

  • By Alex, August 24, 2017 @ 1:31 am

    I believe 35 years. Not really good with math of year calculating. But 1986 to present. 1 elevator and stairs turns into 4 escalators and 4 elevators with one of them a service elevator. Dont worry the long travel to street level passing in bus loop at metro is soon over with new walkway being created

  • By Clarissa, August 24, 2017 @ 2:17 am

    Remember when Bus drivers are nice and still are!!

  • By Crescentia Shyama Fernando, August 24, 2017 @ 5:26 am

    Remember when you go to Vancouver International Airport extra $5.00 will be charged automatically from your compass card for one way.

  • By Tammy, August 24, 2017 @ 7:38 am

    Remember when you had to dig through your purse/pockets to try to find exact change for the bus

  • By Mark Rivera, August 24, 2017 @ 10:14 am

    Remember when you struggled to put your ticket into the validator on the buses and at the skytrain stations

  • By Kent, August 24, 2017 @ 10:23 am

    Remember when you missed a tap-in or tap-out and being blocked next time when you tap.

    Seriously, the system needs to send a notification when a tap-in or tap-out is missed.

  • By buizelbustransit, August 24, 2017 @ 10:24 am

    Remember when you weren’t planning to get rid of most of the ways to get across the Fraser from Richmond to Vancouver with only one zone?

  • By Michael, August 24, 2017 @ 11:39 am

    Remember when it was the last day of the month and you had to wait in line for 20 minutes at the Safeway Customer Service Counter to buy next month’s farecard.

  • By mike k, August 24, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

    remember when the bus driver sometimes forget to hand me my paper transfer ticket when i pay for my bus fare and i would say “transfer please”

  • By Cecilia, August 24, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

    Remember when there was one line of skytrain so you have to bus all the way to YVR?

  • By Jeanne, August 24, 2017 @ 2:53 pm

    Remember when we used to take the bus downtown from Richmond

  • By Nele, August 24, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

    Remember when all of your pockets were filled with used paper tickets.

  • By Marie, August 24, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

    Remember when the transfers were made of newsprint and sometimes you’d luck out and get a transfer with lots of extra time on it?

  • By Rodney, August 24, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

    Remember when we had to rip out a ticket from our fare saver “books”

  • By Thao, August 24, 2017 @ 3:46 pm

    Remember when the faresaver machine ate your paper pass and spat it back out with a hole in it? :)

  • By metro_van_transit_and_more, August 24, 2017 @ 3:52 pm

    Remember when you paid your cash fare on the bus, and it wasted lots of time?

  • By Matthew, August 24, 2017 @ 4:01 pm

    Remember when the transfer would be ripped to show what time it expired?

  • By James, August 24, 2017 @ 4:56 pm

    Remember when bus drivers needed to have different colour paper strips for transfers, where they needed to adjust the tear line every 5 minutes?

  • By Big Ed, August 24, 2017 @ 5:07 pm

    Remember when there were white transfers for single zone, green transfers for multi-zone, and pink transfers for I can’t remember what.

  • By chin lam, August 24, 2017 @ 5:43 pm

    remember when we used tickets as fare

  • By Joyce, August 24, 2017 @ 6:09 pm

    Remember when you couldn’t get the tickets wet.

  • By Zaid, August 24, 2017 @ 6:28 pm

    Remember when you had to carry exact change for a bus fare!

  • By Brad, August 24, 2017 @ 6:34 pm

    Remember when you had to carry tons of change to have exact fare.

  • By Adrien, August 24, 2017 @ 6:44 pm

    Remember when you had to find a London Drugs every week to get a new set of faresavers.

  • By Stephen, August 24, 2017 @ 6:59 pm

    Remember when you would worry about folding your bus transfer out of fear that it wouldn’t work again when you inserted it back into the farebox?

  • By Calvin Cheung, August 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

    Remember when the Canada Line wasn’t built yet, and you needed a long bus ride to get around?

  • By Lorraine, August 24, 2017 @ 7:39 pm

    Remember when you would reach for a valid fare saver ticket and end up grabbing an old, expired one instead?

  • By Steven S, August 24, 2017 @ 8:23 pm

    Remember when the ticket machine on the bus was out of order and you could get a free ride

  • By Kevin, August 24, 2017 @ 8:55 pm

    Remember when you had to make sure you had exact change to put in the farebox, as it doesn’t give change?

  • By Janedoe, August 24, 2017 @ 9:13 pm

    Remember when the Canada Line hadn’t been built yet and the only time I spent in Richmond was in the airport waiting for a flight. Now I live here and am able to access downtown with ease. :)

  • By CC, August 24, 2017 @ 9:44 pm

    Remember when…. I had to make sure I had the right amount of coins for the ride there AND back?! And to make sure I didn’t spend that money?..

  • By Sheri Wong, August 24, 2017 @ 10:12 pm

    Remember when we had to go to a convenient store to buy a bundle of fares or monthly pass?

  • By Erwin, August 24, 2017 @ 10:16 pm

    Remember the bright monthly passes that had the shiny zone number you had to scratch in order to be validated.

    On a fashion note, why aren’t there any gold compasses?

  • By Richard W, August 24, 2017 @ 10:41 pm

    Remember when SkyTrain stations would be full of expired transfers on the ground.

  • By Sylvia Tieu, August 24, 2017 @ 10:51 pm

    Remember when cars would accidentally turn into the 98 B-line lane in Richmond?

  • By Sidney, August 24, 2017 @ 11:30 pm

    Remember when we used fare savers.

  • By Louise, August 24, 2017 @ 11:47 pm

    Remember when transfers had expiration times and when your driver would show up 20 minutes late and refuse to let you on the bus because it was past the time on the ticket? Good times.

  • By Amy, August 25, 2017 @ 4:19 am

    Remember when homeless people panhandled for faresaver cards?

  • By CHARLIE, August 25, 2017 @ 7:13 am

    Remember when we used to have transfers and they would expire and some bus drivers would let you on if it was just a few minutes, and others wouldn’t.

  • By Kathy, August 25, 2017 @ 7:35 am

    I remember when I used to sell FareSaver cards to all the tourists that did not have exact change when they boarded the 236 at Capilano Suspension Bridge. I even accepted US dollars at par.

  • By B, August 25, 2017 @ 7:44 am

    Remember when BC Transit became TransLink in the late 90’s. I think we paid 75 cents for a ticket back then.

  • By Justin, August 25, 2017 @ 9:14 am

    Remember when the bus transfer was good for the seabus and sky train.

    On a side note it Would be nice if translink would put new transfer machines on the buses to give commuters a single use compasss transfer that can be used to get on the seabus and sky train. That way commuters aren’t paying twice or tourists for that matter.

  • By tracy, August 25, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

    I remember when you could transfer from bus to skytrain without purchasing a one use compass pass unless you were travelling between zones I also remember when the fares were 1.75.man im old

  • By Benson, August 25, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

    Remember when you had to buy an add fare BEFORE crossing a zone on the SkyTrain. Now Compass does that for you when you tap out-so much easier!

  • By Lelainia Lloyd, August 25, 2017 @ 7:10 pm

    Remember when translink would print special edition bus passes for the Olympics, Police & Fire Games or the Grey Cup? If you volunteered for some of these events, like me, you got one.

  • By Johnny Chan, August 25, 2017 @ 7:10 pm

    Remember when pennies were used for bus fare

  • By Ron Eggler, August 25, 2017 @ 7:12 pm

    Remember when i first moved to north vancouver and i didn’t know that i had to scratch the number 2 on the front of the monthly pass ( for zones 1&2)

  • By Jimmy, August 25, 2017 @ 7:18 pm

    Remember when UPasses were physical cards you had to collect each month from the sub?

  • By Zain, August 25, 2017 @ 7:19 pm

    Remember when you had to get in a long line at Shoppers Drug Mart at end of every month to buy a monthly pass for next.

  • By Misty Hand, August 25, 2017 @ 10:21 pm

    Remember when bus tickets were just strips of paper that were torn off horizontally by the bus driver?

  • By Jamie, August 25, 2017 @ 11:19 pm

    Remember when it was the first of the month and you forgot to renew your monthly pass and then you got pulled off the train by transit police and had to plead your innocence? Fun times.

  • By Jesse, August 25, 2017 @ 11:46 pm

    Remember when us students had paper U-Passes that were put into dispensera around the campuses every month.

  • By Lauren, August 26, 2017 @ 12:01 am

    Remember ripping the last fares average out of the booklet and having to remember to go buy another one?

  • By Jazzy, August 26, 2017 @ 1:06 pm

    Remember when you had to be careful of tearing out your pass for fear of ripping it?? Hahaha fun times :D

  • By Jazzy, August 26, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

    Remember when you had to be careful of tearing out your pass for fear of ripping it?? Haha fun times :D

  • By Pauline, August 26, 2017 @ 3:49 pm

    Remember when you could go three zones after 9:30 and before 3:00 for a single zone fare

  • By Josh Desa, August 26, 2017 @ 4:48 pm

    Remember when we had newspaper thin bus tickets. We gave it to the bus driver and they would punch out the date and time.

  • By Cody Grant, August 26, 2017 @ 6:44 pm

    Remember when…

    –the BC Liberals forced TransLink to install fare gates based on a former BC Liberal staffer who was now a lobbyist for the company that got the contract?

    –TransLink acted as if fare gates and the Compass Card could not exist without each other?

    –TransLink lied about having a replacement plan for the pedestrian overpass between Metrotown Mall and Metrotown Centre and tore it down during station renovations, putting thousands of pedestrians a day in peril, and then tried to blame the mall owners and the City of Burnaby for their own lack of concern and foresight?

    –the BC Liberals forced TransLink to install fare gates even though they cost more to maintain each year than they save by reducing fare evasion?

    –the BC Liberals forced TransLink to install fare gates in a transparent war on the poor and to make it look like they were “improving safety” for middle-class users who found the homeless “icky?” Because as you know, if someone is an actual criminal, they are going to see closed fare gates and think, “Oh, well I can’t go past these without a fare… that would be wrong!”

    –there was no completely unnecessary, redundant transit gestapo costing taxpayers millions of unnecessary dollars each year and allowing retired RCMP and VPD officers to double-dip public pensions?

    –the Canada Line was built via a public-private partnership that led to it being a toy system with overly-small platforms and terribly insufficient capacity, right out of the gate?

    –the Canada Line was built via a public-private partnership where the contract specifies incredibly large fees if TransLink wants to run trains more frequently after 10pm at night, resulting in a “rapid transit” service with a frequency of only every 20 minutes on its southern branches?

    –the Canada Line was built via a public-private partnership and TransLink and the private partner lied about how bored tunnelling would be used for the entire route, switching at the last minute to cut-and-cover to save money and thereby destroying multiple small businesses along Cambie Street?

    –UBC students got their U-Passes in the mail and they were good for 8 months or 4 months and TransLink didn’t treat students like they were all potential thieves and also didn’t make them pay full price for transit during the summer if their courses didn’t run in all four months?

    –the U-Pass was first introduced and was $22/month but somehow its discount vs. regular fares keeps dropping year after year and no one questions what the rationale for that is?

    –UBC faculty and staff (and other employees around the region) could get 15% off their transit pass cost if they committed to buying a yearly employer pass?

    –families could use a monthly pass for up to 2 adults and 4 children on Sundays and holidays?

    –TransLink was going to cut the FareSaver discount to only 15% when they launched Compass and when accused of instituting a fare hike, they claimed it wasn’t a fare hike, it was a “reduction in discount?”

    –TransLink committed to raising fares in 2017, 2018, and 2019 using the excuse that fares needed to “keep up with inflation” when, if you look at how much fares had already gone up in the last 10 or 15 years, it was considerably higher than the rate of inflation already?

    –TransLink committed to raising fares in 2017, 2018, and 2019 but they’re raising them more for people who travel only 1 zone than those who travel 2 or 3 zones, resulting in people who choose to live closer to their jobs shouldering more of the fare burden?

    –Remember when regular transit users who didn’t have monthly passes who were flying home via YVR could avoid being hit by the already-insane YVR Airport addfare of $5 by buying using DayPasses or FareSavers?

    and finally:

    –Remember when TransLink bowed to political pressure and allocated funds to build rapid transit in one of the most transit-unfriendly cities of the region (Surrey) which wouldn’t know good urban planning if it bit them in the ass, rather than make the sensible choice and fund the much-needed SkyTrain extension to the region’s 2nd biggest single transit destination, namely UBC, opting instead to extend the SkyTrain only to, of all places, Arbutus?

  • By Matt, August 26, 2017 @ 6:56 pm

    Remember when your fare ticket is damaged by rain in the winter.

  • By Michael, August 27, 2017 @ 3:50 am

    Remember when we used to have a piece of ripped paper given by bus driver to tell us how much remaining time our ticket is valid for. (It might be before monthly pass became available)

  • By SL, August 27, 2017 @ 6:39 am

    Remember when a broken farebox meant everyone got a free ride?

  • By Billy, August 27, 2017 @ 12:19 pm

    Remember when you have to rush to and line up at the UBC bookstore to get the paper upass?

  • By Stephanie, August 27, 2017 @ 10:12 pm

    Remember when there were different colours representing each zone for faresavers?

  • By Cory, August 27, 2017 @ 10:14 pm

    Remember when there were monthly Buzzers with monthly contests?

  • By Catherine, August 28, 2017 @ 9:57 am

    Remember when…it took us 45min on the Nanaimo bus from 29th Avenue Station to get downtown before the Expo line went in 1986? Now it takes us 15min!!

  • By Joe, August 29, 2017 @ 9:22 am

    Remember having to ask other passengers on the bus if they could break your $5 bill because the driver couldn’t make change?

  • By Ann-Marie Vaughan, August 29, 2017 @ 9:33 am

    Remember when you had to buy faresaver tickets every few weeks.

  • By PLP, August 29, 2017 @ 10:30 am

    Remember when you had to carry exact change for the bus?!

  • By Natalie, August 29, 2017 @ 11:35 am

    Remember when the bus driver had to rip off a transfer for you?

  • By Kulvir, August 29, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

    Remember when all the transfers were littered everywhere!

  • By Claire, August 29, 2017 @ 12:47 pm

    What Cody said:

    Remember when…

    –the BC Liberals forced TransLink to install fare gates based on a former BC Liberal staffer who was now a lobbyist for the company that got the contract?

    –TransLink acted as if fare gates and the Compass Card could not exist without each other?

    –TransLink lied about having a replacement plan for the pedestrian overpass between Metrotown Mall and Metrotown Centre and tore it down during station renovations, putting thousands of pedestrians a day in peril, and then tried to blame the mall owners and the City of Burnaby for their own lack of concern and foresight?

    –the BC Liberals forced TransLink to install fare gates even though they cost more to maintain each year than they save by reducing fare evasion?

    –the BC Liberals forced TransLink to install fare gates in a transparent war on the poor and to make it look like they were “improving safety” for middle-class users who found the homeless “icky?” Because as you know, if someone is an actual criminal, they are going to see closed fare gates and think, “Oh, well I can’t go past these without a fare… that would be wrong!”

    –there was no completely unnecessary, redundant transit gestapo costing taxpayers millions of unnecessary dollars each year and allowing retired RCMP and VPD officers to double-dip public pensions?

    –the Canada Line was built via a public-private partnership that led to it being a toy system with overly-small platforms and terribly insufficient capacity, right out of the gate?

    –the Canada Line was built via a public-private partnership where the contract specifies incredibly large fees if TransLink wants to run trains more frequently after 10pm at night, resulting in a “rapid transit” service with a frequency of only every 20 minutes on its southern branches?

    –the Canada Line was built via a public-private partnership and TransLink and the private partner lied about how bored tunnelling would be used for the entire route, switching at the last minute to cut-and-cover to save money and thereby destroying multiple small businesses along Cambie Street?

    –UBC students got their U-Passes in the mail and they were good for 8 months or 4 months and TransLink didn’t treat students like they were all potential thieves and also didn’t make them pay full price for transit during the summer if their courses didn’t run in all four months?

    –the U-Pass was first introduced and was $22/month but somehow its discount vs. regular fares keeps dropping year after year and no one questions what the rationale for that is?

    –UBC faculty and staff (and other employees around the region) could get 15% off their transit pass cost if they committed to buying a yearly employer pass?

    –families could use a monthly pass for up to 2 adults and 4 children on Sundays and holidays?

    –TransLink was going to cut the FareSaver discount to only 15% when they launched Compass and when accused of instituting a fare hike, they claimed it wasn’t a fare hike, it was a “reduction in discount?”

    –TransLink committed to raising fares in 2017, 2018, and 2019 using the excuse that fares needed to “keep up with inflation” when, if you look at how much fares had already gone up in the last 10 or 15 years, it was considerably higher than the rate of inflation already?

    –TransLink committed to raising fares in 2017, 2018, and 2019 but they’re raising them more for people who travel only 1 zone than those who travel 2 or 3 zones, resulting in people who choose to live closer to their jobs shouldering more of the fare burden?

    –Remember when regular transit users who didn’t have monthly passes who were flying home via YVR could avoid being hit by the already-insane YVR Airport addfare of $5 by buying using DayPasses or FareSavers?

    and finally:

    –Remember when TransLink bowed to political pressure and allocated funds to build rapid transit in one of the most transit-unfriendly cities of the region (Surrey) which wouldn’t know good urban planning if it bit them in the ass, rather than make the sensible choice and fund the much-needed SkyTrain extension to the region’s 2nd biggest single transit destination, namely UBC, opting instead to extend the SkyTrain only to, of all places, Arbutus?

  • By Eva Au, August 29, 2017 @ 1:33 pm

    I remember when we would have to pick up our upasses every month at the vending machines on campus.

  • By Jackson, August 29, 2017 @ 1:41 pm

    Remember when university students had the upass with their photo on it :)

  • By Roy Seto, August 29, 2017 @ 1:46 pm

    Remember when I was in elementary I would hop on the bus, pay my fare and the bus driver would tear me a paper transfer. :)

  • By Anna Lieu, August 29, 2017 @ 10:52 pm

    Remember when it only cost 10 cent to ride the bus. :)

  • By Khristine, August 30, 2017 @ 12:27 am

    Remember when…a monthly pass meant free fare during weekends and holidays for a family of two adults and two kids?

  • By Anonymous, August 30, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

    Remember when you could just leave a SkyTrain stat8n without getting bottlenecked at the compass gates?

  • By Lina Kim, August 30, 2017 @ 6:34 pm

    Remember when we saved money on tickets by buying booklets?

  • By Dan, August 31, 2017 @ 6:26 am

    Remember when you had to have your hand rummage through your pocket; fingers jostling through coins and keys just to find the exact fare

  • By Judy, August 31, 2017 @ 9:10 am

    Remember when there were blue tokens?

  • By Sam, August 31, 2017 @ 4:28 pm

    Remember when we had to keep several faresaver booklets of different zones in our bags?

  • By Lizzie, August 31, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

    Remember when there were paper fare slips back in the 90’s? The fare ticket boxes for fare savers seemed like such an advancement at the time. Now we save so many tree with tapping!

  • By Jemma, August 31, 2017 @ 8:10 pm

    Remember when the bus coin machines would miscount your coins and you’d end up paying more fare.

  • By Jemma, August 31, 2017 @ 8:13 pm

    Remember when we had the employer pass with our photo on it? I lined up for an hour at Burrard station to get it done.

  • By Halla, August 31, 2017 @ 9:15 pm

    Remember when you had to get a UPass at the machines every month and there would be massive lineups?

  • By Daniel, September 1, 2017 @ 1:37 pm

    Remember when bus passes were a thing and sometimes the bus driver wouldn’t even look your way.

  • By Steph, September 1, 2017 @ 1:49 pm

    Remember when you had to use a booklet of faresavers just to avoid using coins?

  • By Helene, September 1, 2017 @ 5:29 pm

    Remember when there were only Mark 1 trains?

  • By Cindy Rogers, September 3, 2017 @ 8:29 pm

    Remember when… we had school bus passes!

  • By Jason, September 5, 2017 @ 2:51 pm

    Remember when a Compass was clumsy and made of glass, and not a handy lightweight blue card? It told us where to go, but couldn’t take us there!

  • By Talal Moughnie, September 15, 2017 @ 1:13 pm

    Remember when your parents would wake up each morning and make you ham and eggs and sit down to eat breakfast at the table during a hot Christmas morning and one of them hit his/her head with a spoon and say: “DARN IT i forgot to buy the TransLink monthly pass” and everyone starts crying and cursing (politely). I also remember when my dad one day said “Son, (or daughter), I wish TransLink would create CompassCard so we never have to do this ever”

  • By Thomas Ho, September 18, 2017 @ 3:49 pm

    Remember when… you can collect your pennys and put them into the fare machine and listen to all the cha-ching cha-ching cha-ching cha-ching but the bus driver may be annoyed and taking the bus at the time costed .50-.75 – Thomas

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