TransLink to launch smaller, more accessible "Compass Mini" tomorrow

Dec 5 2019, 7:24 pm

TransLink is releasing a new product in hopes of making passing through fare gates a simpler process.

On Thursday, TransLink announced that the Compass Mini, another way to pay for transit in Metro Vancouver, would be launching this week.

The Compass Mini is a smaller version of the Compass Card that is designed to attach easily to keychains and backpacks.

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The Mini works in the same way as the Compass Card and Compass Wristband and can be loaded at a Vending Machine, by phone, or in person.

Like other Compass products, there is a $6 refundable deposit for purchasing the Mini.

“The launch of Compass Mini is a part of our commitment to enhance the customer experience,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond in an emailed statement. “Compass Wristbands have been a real hit and I’m sure customers will enjoy the convenience and practicality of the new Compass Mini.”

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A closer look at TransLink’s new Compass Mini attached to a bag (TransLink)

TransLink’s announcement of the Compass Mini comes just over one year after the wristbands were released to the general public. When the wristbands released in early December of 2018, only 2,000 were made available and they sold out within hours.

Hundreds of riders lined up to purchase the product, with many wristbands being resold on Craigslist in the days after.


TransLink says that the Compass Mini will be released on Friday, December 6. An initial batch of 7,500 will be made available to the public, with 5,000 allotted as blue adult Minis and 2,500 being orange concession Minis.

The product can be purchased at the Compass Customer Service Centre at Stadium-Chinatown Station or the West Coast Express Office at Waterfront Station.

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