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TransLink Looking To Roll Out Compass Wristbands As New Payment Method


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TransLink is currently testing out alternative payment methods to Compass Cards. One of those possible options is the Compass wristband.

The wristbands would work the same as Compass Cards and gives transit users an even more convenient payment option.


In an e-mail statement to 604 Now, TransLink elaborated on how the wristband would work.

“TransLink is testing Compass wristbands as a potential alternative form of payment. The wristbands work the same as Compass Cards do. Customers would tap in and tap out at fare gates with the wristband” said Senior Issues Management Advisor Jill Drews.

However, the new system is still in the early stages.

“The small testing group is staff only. We are always looking for new ways to improve customer experience and this is one option we are exploring. We hope to have more to share in the coming months”.

TransLink did not say if the project would be advancing further at this point.


TransLink Tap For Pay Service

Back in May, TransLink introduced their new tap for pay service.

Riders can now use contactless Visa and Mastercard credit cards and Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay instead of Compass Cards. Unfortunately, Compass Cards will still be required for passengers who have a day or monthly pass. In addition, readers will not accept debit cards.


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