Transit users have embraced TransLink’s new Tap-to-Pay system in a big way, according to the transit authority.
Since the introduction of the new pay option on May 22, TransLink says 160,000 unique users have made more than one million contactless payments across the transit system. Tap-to-Pay allows customers to use tap-enabled credit cards and mobile wallets to pay their fares – just like compass cards, according to TransLink.
While compass cards still offer transit users the best bang for their bucks, Tap-to-Pay is “ideal for occasional riders and tourists – no need to dig around for change or wait at the compass vending machines to purchase a ticket,” according to a press release from TransLink.
“When we make it easier to take transit, everyone wins,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond in the release. “Some of the million Tap-to-Pay taps over the last two months are from people who might have paid cash. Some are from people who might not have otherwise used transit. We’re always looking for ways to make transit the most convenient option.”
Accepted Tap-to-Pay payment options include contactless Visa and Mastercards, and Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay mobile wallets. Be sure to only tap the card you want to use to avoid card clash.