TransLink riders will soon be able to use their debit card to hop on transit.
TransLink, Interac Corp., and Cubic Transportation Systems say that by the end of 2022, TransLink customers will be able to pay with Interac Debit at Compass readers on any bus or fare gate across the system.
“This puts TransLink on pace to be the first transit agency in Canada to fully integrate Interac Debit contactless payments across a regional transit system,” said TransLink in a news release.
“Tap to Pay offers casual transit riders and tourists a convenient way to pay; allowing users to pay with Interac Debit directly to ride without pre-purchasing a Compass Card and without having to use an in-station Compass Vending Machine. The addition of Interac Debit will further broaden options and convenience for TransLink customers.”
Over 5,000 Compass readers across TransLink’s network will need to be upgraded to ensure compatibility with debit cards enabled with Interac Debit contactless payments.
Once integrated, customers will be able to pay at Compass readers by using Interac Debit, in addition to other already available contactless payment options like Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay Wallet.
“TransLink reminds customers to please tap their card or smartphone when paying for transit and not their wallet, to avoid card clash when paying,” said the news release.