Ever since Translink instated their Compass cards, people have had a litany of complaints. Whether they run out of money on their card, are unaware of the balance, or they simply don’t want to keep refilling it, they aren’t exactly loving it.
All that is set to change soon as the transit supplier introduces Tap to Pay. Now, Translink will accept various forms of payment rather than fixing on the compass card only option.
This spring, card readers will begin accepting contactless Visa and Mastercard credit cards and mobile payment options; however, tith this new feature coming soon, existing Compass Card customers will need to watch out for card clash. Hence, Translink cautions, “tap your card, not your wallet!”
Translink and Credit Card Payment
Tap your card, not your wallet!
Our Compass Card readers will soon accept more payment options. Remember not to tap your wallet or a phone case with multiple cards. Only tap the card you want to be charged. ^at
— TransLink BC (@TransLink) March 9, 2018
Card clash occurs when multiple cards are tapped on a card reader at the same time — for instance, when someone taps their wallet instead of an individual card. With that in mind, the new feature allows for greater ease of payment because it removes the step of filling up a compass card.
Translink recently introduced a small fleet of double decker buses on Metro Vancouver routes to combat a rise in commuter traffic. In addition, the transit provider is increasing the number of SkyTrain and Canada Line Cars to ease congestion.