Compass Card News
April 22, 2015
Starting in June 2015, all eligible students will be using TransLink's Compass Card with U-Pass BC. Instead of picking up a paper pass each month, eligible students will receive a Compass Card, then go online each month to request the U-Pass BC. Once loaded, students will use the Compass Card to tap on and tap off when riding transit.
Read more about getting and using TransLink's new Compass Card.
March 20, 2015
BCIT to Pilot TransLink’s Compass Card
Starting in April 2015, a select group of students will be participating in a pilot using TransLink’s new Compass Card.
Those selected to participate, have been contacted by BCIT and provided with information including where and when to pick up the Initial Release Compass Card and how to load the U-Pass BC onto the Compass Card. Students in the pilot group can begin using the Compass Cards on transit starting April 1, 2015.
The Compass Card is marked “Initial Release.” As part of the initial release period (January to September 2015), the $6 deposit on the Compass Card is waived. When travelling with a Compass Card loaded with the U-Pass BC, students still need to carry their student ID and be ready to present it to transit personnel if prompted.
If you haven’t been invited to participate in the pilot, don’t worry – it’s business as usual. Until you’re told it’s time to get a Compass Card, continue to pick up the paper U-Pass BC ticket. By September 2015, TransLink anticipates that all 140,000 students eligible for U-Pass BC will have received their Compass Cards.
If you have questions about the Compass Card, please visit Compass Card Help.
December 15, 2014
A new, convenient and secure way to travel will be coming to Metro Vancouver. When TransLink fully launches its Compass Card, the easy-to-use card will replace all of TransLink’s current passes and tickets, including U-Pass BC.
Compass Cards will be rolled out slowly over several months to post-secondary institutions, a few groups at a time. TransLink is still working on its rollout schedule and will provide more details on Compass and U-Pass BC in the coming months. For now, students can continue to use their U-Pass BC.
What you need to know about Compass:
- For now, you can continue to get your U-Pass BC the same way you always have.
- TransLink will give you lots of information about how and when to acquire and link your standard adult Compass Card and how to load your U-Pass BC onto it closer to when Compass is rolled out to your school.
- Once you get your Compass Card, using your login credentials from your school you’ll need to login to the Compass system after the 16th of each month to load your U-Pass BC in order to use transit for the next month.
- To use conventional transit in Metro Vancouver, you’ll need to use your Compass Card to tap in at the start of each trip and tap out at the end of each trip.
Stay tuned for more details on Compass and U-Pass BC in the coming months.