Farewell FareCard, hello Compass!

Dec 20 2017, 3:01 am

As of January 1, 2016 if you want a Monthly Pass for TransLink, you’ll need a Compass Card.

The switch from a paper FareCard to a Compass Monthly Pass means that you will get better benefits for the same price. Just some of the benefits include:

You can load your Compass Card almost anywhere at any time.

No more running to a FareDealer for next month’s pass. With a Compass Monthly Pass, you can load your card online or by phone starting the 16th of every month or at Compass Vending Machines starting the 20th of each month.

Take advantage of balance protection and AutoLoad.

With card registration, your balance is protected if your card is lost or stolen. You can also sign up for AutoLoad and take advantage of automatic top-ups or pass renewals, so you never have to worry about forgetting to load your card.


December is the last month you can use a paper monthly FareCard on the TransLink system.

Get your card at the following locations:

  • At Compass Vending Machines at all SkyTrain and West Coast Express stations, and BC Ferries Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay terminals
  • At Compass Vending Machines located at 18 London Drugs stores
  • Online at compasscard.ca or by calling 604.398.2042
  • All FareDealers
  • In person at the Compass Customer Service Centre at Stadium-Chinatown Station or the West Coast Express Office at Waterfront Station

When you pick up your Compass Card and start tapping, just remember that all customers, including Monthly Pass holders, must tap in and tap out when exiting SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express to ensure you’re charged the correct fare.

You can find out more information about Compass online, you can also view this handy Compass 101 video playlist and read Compass posts on the Buzzer blog.

Have questions? Ask away at askcompass.ca


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