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TransLink Receives Permission To Build New Model Based On Distance-Based Fares


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Zone-based travelling on TransLink may soon be a thing of the past.

The Mayors’ Council has given TransLink permission to start developing a new payment model that’ll replace the current zone-based system. The new model will be based on distance travelled on the SkyTrain, SeaBus and Canada Line systems.

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Translink has been pushing for a new model based on rider responses to the Transit Fare Review survey.

Over 43,000 people responded to Translinks’ questions, with most people expressing interest in being charged based on the distance traveled.


New Distance-Based Fare System

Distance-based fares will see people pay a flat rate for the first five kilometres travelled (approximately $2.95). It would then increase between five and 20 cents per kilometre until the current three-zone payment ($5.70) is reached.

A flat rate will still be in effect for bus fares and HandyDart fares would remain the same.

According to TransLink, about two-thirds of commuters will be charged about the same as they are under the current system.

Other changes TransLink is considering includes:

  • Station-to-station based pricing for the West Coast Express
  • Discounted fares at off-peak times
  • Discounts for seniors and low-income earners

A pilot project will likely take place before a final decision is made.

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