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TransLink to integrate Interac Debit into Tap to Pay

TransLink to integrate Interac Debit into Tap to Pay

Photo of a hand holding up an interac debit card at a SkyTrain fare gate

TransLink customers will soon be able to use Interac Debit to hop on transit.

TransLink, Interac Corp., and Cubic Transportation Systems are working together to integrate Interac Debit onto the system to give customers more contactless payment options.

By the end of 2022, all 5,000 Compass Card readers across our system will be updated to enable our customers to pay with Interac Debit contactless payments.

This puts TransLink on pace to be the first transit agency in Canada to fully integrate Interac Debit contactless payments across a regional transit system.

Tap to Pay offers casual transit riders and tourists a convenient way to pay; allowing users to pay with Interac Debit directly to ride without pre-purchasing a Compass Card and without having to use an in-station Compass Vending Machine. The addition of Interac Debit will make transit even more accessible to both regular users and visitors alike.

TransLink, Interac, and Cubic Transportation Systems – the company that designed and built TransLink’s Compass system – are working to upgrade the readers over the next year.

Once the upgrades are complete, Interac Debit will join Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay Wallet as available contactless pay options.

TransLink reminds customers to please tap their card or smartphone when paying for transit and not their wallet, to avoid card clash when paying.

Kevin Quinn, CEO, TransLink –

“Integrating Interac Debit contactless payments across our system in Metro Vancouver is another way we’re making it easier for customers to take transit. TransLink was the first transit agency in Canada to commercially launch contactless credit card and mobile payments, and it’s important that we continue to be innovative to make transit an even more attractive transportation option.”

William Keliehor, Chief Commercial Officer, Interac Corp.–

“Partnering with TransLink to add Interac Debit contactless payments to Metro Vancouver’s transit fare reader system is the next big step to providing added convenience to all transit riders in the area. By offering Interac Debit, a form of payment that millions of Canadians already use for day-to-day purchases, transit authorities like TransLink are giving riders a contactless digital payment option which can help with the responsible post-COVID-19 recovery of transit networks in cities across the country.”

Matt Newsome, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CTS Americas –

“Since May 2018, customers have been able to pay with their contactless Mastercard and Visa credit cards on the Compass system, with American Express introduced in 2019, Interac Debit is the next step in the open payment evolution for Metro Vancouver transit riders. As a contactless debit system, Interac Debit is critical to maintaining social equity as an accessible form of payment for customers that do not have access to a credit card.”