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TransLink releases special edition Compass Card to celebrate Canada 150

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Kenneth Chan Jun 21, 2017 8:55 am 17,979

Special edition Compass Cards will be released in the lead up to Canada Day 2017 to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

TransLink’s newest adult transit smart card features a white background with the federal government’s official Canada 150 emblem over faded red-coloured Compass branding.

The special edition Canada 150 Compass Card. (TransLink)

The public transit authority has produced 20,000 of these special Compass Cards, which will be made available at 16 locations across Metro Vancouver beginning Thursday, June 22, while supplies last:

  • Compass machines at the following locations with special Canada 150 decals will sell the special edition Compass Cards:
    • Waterfront Station (Expo/Millennium Line, SeaBus)
    • Burrard Station (Expo Line)
    • Stadium-Chinatown Station (Expo Line)
    • Main Street-Science World Station (Expo Line)
    • Commercial-Broadway Station (Expo/Millennium Line)
    • Metrotown Station (Expo Line)
    • New Westminster Station (Expo Line)
    • Surrey Central Station (Expo Line)
    • Lougheed Town Centre Station (Expo/Millennium Line)
    • Lincoln Station (Millennium Line)
    • Vancouver City Centre Station (Canada Line)
    • YVR Airport Station (Canada Line)
    • Bridgeport Station (Canada Line)
    • Richmond-Brighouse Station (Canada Line)
    • Lonsdale Quay Terminal (SeaBus)

Canada 150 Compass Cards will be available at the Compass machines with the Canada 150 decal. (TransLink)

Earlier this year, TransLink launched a special edition green coloured Compass Card decorated with tree icons to celebrate the opening of the Evergreen extension of the Millennium Line.

Commemorative editions of transit smart cards are common on other major public transit systems – such as the London with its Oyster Card and Hong Kong with its Octopus Card – to acknowledge special occasions and holidays.

In the future, the Compass Card program could potentially expand to include gift cards and accept tap-and-go credit cards and NFC-enabled smartphones.


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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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