TransLink is scratching its discounted 14-year-old Employer Pass program, along with the free travel on Sundays and holidays for family members of monthly pass holders effective January 1st 2014. The new changes will accompany the launch of the Compass Card program, which is the new reloadable, electronic fare card for Metro Vancouver. When Compass arrives in late 2013, the easy-to-use card will replace all the current passes and tickets, including West Coast Express products.
Here’s what the changes will look like:
- West Coast Express 7-day and 28-day passes will be replaced with monthly passes. (bad for those who need weekly passes)
- The West Coast Express $1 fee for bikes is ending immediately and customers can now transport bicycles for free. (good)
- The Employer Pass Program will end Jan. 1, 2014. (potentially bad, depends where you work)
- FareSaver tickets will be replaced with a discount over cash fares when using Compass cards. (fair)
- Free travel for family members of monthly pass holders on Sundays and holidays will end in January (bad)
TransLink’s VP Bob Paddon stated the new changes are designed to make the fares ‘more fairer’ and that regular and monthly fare rates will not change.
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