Beginning today, TransLink’s new one-zone bus fare system goes into effect across all bus services in Metro Vancouver.
Transit users should take note that it is now a one-zone fare for all bus travel, regardless of distance, but the three-zone system is still in place for SkyTrain and SeaBus. As well, Compass Card holders no longer need to ‘tap off’ on buses.
The changes are being made as part of the latest implementation phase of the Compass Card project.
“Our outreach teams have also already engaged more than 50,000 people across the system to help guide customers to buy the right zone and to successfully plan their journey,” said Cathy McLay, TransLink’s Acting CEO in a statement.
“Introducing the one-zone fare for bus travel and removing the need to tap out on buses will make this transition easier for our customers.”
The one-zone bus fare system is a temporary measure until TransLink is able to increase the reliability of the ‘tap off’ function of the card readers on buses and determine a new fare structure across all services.
In the meantime, select fare gates at Expo and Millennium line stations will be closed to allow some transit users to experiment with the gates, but the full closure of the barriers is not scheduled until late 2016.
For more information on the one-zone bus fare system, check out Vancity Buzz’s complete guide.