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TransLink launches Compass Mini

Adult and concession Compass Minis go on sale on December 6 at Stadium–Chinatown Station’s Compass Customer Service and Waterfront Station’s West Coast Express office.

Tapping with Compass has never been more convenient! We’re introducing Compass Mini as another way to pay for transit in Metro Vancouver. Compass Mini looks just like a small Compass Card that attaches easily to keychains and backpacks.

“The launch of Compass Mini is a part of our commitment to enhance the customer experience,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “Compass Wristbands have been a real hit and I’m sure customers will enjoy the convenience and practicality of the new Compass Mini.”

Compass Mini works the same as the Compass Card and Compass Wristband. Tap in and out when travelling on transit and reload online at a Compass Vending Machine, by phone or in person.

During its initial release, 5,000 adult Compass Minis and 2,500 concession Compass Minis will be available starting on December 6.

Visit the Compass Customer Service Centre at Stadium–Chinatown Station (Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or the West Coast Express Office in Waterfront Station (Monday – Friday 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.) to pick up a Compass Mini while supplies last.

Just like any other Compass product, there is a $6 refundable deposit when purchasing your Compass Mini.

Compass Mini is the latest convenience upgrade we’ve made for our customers. Over the past year, TransLink has also:


  • By Colleen, December 6, 2019 @ 12:25 pm

    Why don’t you have it more convenient for people in the Fraser Valley to get this compass mini. Isn’t there anywhere close to Langley to get one.

  • By Allen Tung, December 10, 2019 @ 10:14 am

    Hi Colleen, the Compass Mini has to be coded individually and that can only be done at our Compass Customer Service Centre.

  • By Sean, December 6, 2019 @ 6:20 pm

    Why would you only release 5000? If they sell out in one day, maybe you should consider selling more? Should I have to wait in line for hours on day one to get this?

  • By lias, December 9, 2019 @ 9:08 pm

    Will these be released in the future in bigger quantities? like the look but not gonna dish out $30 to get one on craigslist

  • By Allen Tung, December 10, 2019 @ 10:15 am

    Hi Lias, yes, this is only an initial release and as of 10:15 am on Dec. 10, there’s still adult and concession Compass Mini in stock.

  • By Brenda, December 13, 2019 @ 7:13 pm

    Where do we call to see if there is still stock before I head to the stadium-Chinatown station?

  • By Marisol, December 30, 2019 @ 2:46 am

    Hi. I was fortunate enough to live in HongKong for a while and would like to see a version of Octupus here in Vancouver. They sell wrist watches with chips there. For me, its the most convenient and safest way to handle fare.

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