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Metro Vancouverite swaps car for transit in TransLink’s partnership with SCRAP-IT

Metro Vancouverite swaps car for transit in TransLink’s partnership with SCRAP-IT

Photo of a man wearing a hard hat holding an orange Compass Card at a scrap yard

Jim Greenwood, a 66-year-old retiree, had never considered taking transit other than for the occasional SkyTrain ride to a hockey game of course. But now, armed with his Concession Compass Card he says he feels like a tourist in his own city. 

“My grandchildren, they call me all the time. ‘Grandpa, when are we going to go on the SeaBus? When are we going to go on an adventure?,’” he explains. “Instead of having them in a car seat behind you, you get to sit with them, talk to them, and learn about the whole city. It’s amazing.”

Jim says he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience moments like this without his Compass Card through the SCRAP-IT Program,

He recently traded in his 2005 Toyota Matrix as part of TransLink’s collaboration with SCRAP-IT to offer a Compass Card rebate when residents scrap their old fossil fuel cars. Jim decided that after being married for 40 years with two cars, it was time to reduce down to one.

“In its place the SCRAP-IT program has given me a 14 month pass to use for transit, which I’m now in my second month of using and I can’t believe how brilliant our transit system is,” Jim says.

“We got another car off the road, we’ve got grandchildren that are much happier, the environment is better, and the future for my grandchildren is better, which is one car for the family instead of two,” shares Greenwood. 

TransLink has partnered with SCRAP-IT to offer a Compass Card rebate when drivers scrap their used fossil fuel vehicles. In exchange, customers can choose either an eight-month adult 1-Zone or 14-month Concession Compass card valued at $802. There have been 34 vehicle trade-ins through this initiative since October 2021.

TransLink is committed to the development of a sustainable transportation system that aims to meet the needs of people, organizations, and businesses, and promotes the ecological, economic and social well-being of Metro Vancouver. Initiatives like this will help us reach our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.