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Compass Card taps into new modes of transport

Compass Cards will soon be used to pay for and unlock travel with TransLink, Modo, Evo, and Mobi by Shaw Go, as part of a limited pilot program launching today.  The Shared Mobility Pilot Program will see select Vancouver-based employers provide their employees with co-branded Compass Cards for use on trips with any of the four transportation providers.

“The Shared Mobility Pilot Program is ultimately about providing more choices and more convenience for customers,” says Kevin Desmond, TransLink’s CEO.

“Those participating can take transit on their morning commute, cycle to meeting locations throughout the day, and unlock carshare services for the journey back home. These individual trips will now all be possible with one easy and seamless payment method.”

Approximately 200 employees from 14 organizations are set to take part and will be able to view expenses for each mode at the end of the month in one convenient location, through a streamlined expense report. The Shared Mobility Compass Card is for employees to use on work-related travel and is not open to the public at this stage.

TransLink’s partnership with Modo, Evo, and Mobi by Shaw Go was formed as part of the inaugural Open Call for Innovation on Seamless Mobility.  The pilot program runs until the end of May 2020 and is important for testing the technical integration of the Compass system.  All participating organizations and employees will be surveyed at the beginning and end of the program.  The information collected will determine TransLink’s next steps, including the potential for wider integration.

“I’m very much looking forward to the results of this pilot and how it will guide our next generation of travel tools,” says Desmond.

Modo, Mobi by Shaw Go, and Evo integrate with Compass Card during new pilot


2 Comments

  • By Kevin, October 24, 2019 @ 10:38 am

    I really wish this kind of thing could be made available to a wider audience much faster, or some way to apply to take part in the testing program. It really sucks for someone like me who doesn’t have a Vancouver-based employer but spends a ton of time and money across all those modes within the city.

  • By James, October 24, 2019 @ 7:18 pm

    I have mixed feelings about this move by Translink. I think billing a few companies for employee related travel is manageable, but opening up car sharing to the general public via their Compass Cards is going to be very difficult to manage. My partner belongs to Modo which is a not for profit co-operative and you have to pay a membership fee to become a member of this co-op. How can Translink collect or ensure that Compass Card users will be diligent drivers or that they can pay the associated fees? It is easy to access car
    sharing programs in Metro Vancouver already. I think Translink should concentrate on improving bus and Skytrain service and stay out of car sharing.

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