Metro Vancouver commuters can expect to pay a $6 deposit for the Compass card when TransLink launches it this fall.
TransLink spokesperson Jiana Ling revealed the price to the Tri-City News last week.
The price is on-par with Montreal’s OPUS and Toronto’s PRESTO cards which both cost $6.
OPUS users are required to load at least one trip ($3 regular fare) onto the card. The PRESTO must be loaded with at least $10 or a pass (e.g. monthly pass).
In Hong Kong, the Octopus card costs HK$50 (approximately CAD$6.65) and comes preloaded with HK$20 (C$2.66). The Oyster in London costs £5.00 (CAD$8.00) and users must load a minimum of £5.00 onto the card.
TransLink will reportedly be providing users with a three-zone fare ($5.50) preloaded onto each card.
Many expressed anger over TransLink’s decision to save $25 million by declining to upgrade its fare boxes on its fleet of nearly 1,500 buses to issue Compass tickets. As a result, commuters who pay by coin fare and transfer from bus to SkyTrain will have to pay a second time.
This can be averted by purchasing a Compass card and loading it with ‘stored value’ or fare products like monthly passes and U-Passes, which permit unlimited travel on the system.
Users will be able to purchase a Compass card online, by phone, at Compass Retailers, and from vending machines at SeaBus, West Coast Express and SkyTrain stations when it is released this fall.