Is Compass Card Really the first Step to Privatization?

Long predicted, TransLink’s buses will all be “one-zone” fares, leaving those who ride the SeaBus and SkyTrain, pay premium fares.

Zwei sees this as the road to privatization, where money losing, politically designed and heavily subsidized bus routes (especially the trolleybuses routes) will be operated by Translink, and the mini-metro system and SeaBus will charge premium fares for those people wishing to complete their journey’s by SeaBus and/or metro.

If the SeaBus and SkyTrain portions of the transit system are privatized, the new operators will be free to charge what they wish, with the Compass Card automatically apportioning the correct fares. Private operators could raise fares without affecting TransLink’s bus fares.

Zwei does not like coincidences and TransLink’s claim that 130,000 compass Cards have been issued begs the question, has the 130,000 Compass Cards been issued to 130,000 people who qualify for the expanding U-Pass deep discounted fare program for post secondary students.

TransLink announces all bus routes to be one-zone fares starting Oct. 5

Ai??VANCOUVER SUN August 6, 2015

TransLink has announced that all bus routes will remain or be reduced to one-zone fares this fall, as part of the Compass card roll out.

Photograph by: Ric Ernst, PNG

METRO VANCOUVER – TransLink has announced that all bus routes will remain or be reduced to one-zone fares this fall, as part of the Compass card roll out.

Starting Oct. 5 until further notice, riders will be charged the current one-zone fare of $2.75 on buses and HandyDart regardless of how many zones they travel.

TransLink currently has three zones on buses, except Sundays, when customers pay only the one-zone fare. That fare will now be in effect at all times of day, every day, TransLink said Thursday.

TransLink also says starting this month, Compass Vending Machines will be activated in a phased manner at SkyTrain stations and SeaBus terminals. Single-use Compass tickets will be available from the machines to start, and by late October the machines will be stocked with Compass Cards.

About 130,000 TransLink customers have switched to Compass, according to the transit authority.


2 Responses to “Is Compass Card Really the first Step to Privatization?”
  1. eric chris says:

    Honestly, I hate to be the party pooper. Doesn’t lowering the fare from $170 monthly to $91 monthly reduce transit revenue, significantly?

    How are the nitwits at TransLink going to make up the shortfall in revenue – through mobility pricing to target drivers who are not to blame for the incompetence of the idiots at TransLink? Insert the appropriate expletive ” “.

    So, to save face and show us all how smart they are, the monkeys at TransLink are willing to lose, let’s say $200 million annually, for an indefinite period of time to try to make the Compass system work. Compass will never work with FTN service. It is impossible to swipe in or out in 0.3 seconds on the 99 B-Line route, for instance, as the cretins at TransLink thought when they bought Compass – it takes about 10 times the time (3 seconds) to swipe the card, move out of the way and have someone else move up to swipe his or her card.

    Saving face aside, the prudent thing to do is to admit that $200 million was squandered on Compass and move on – write it off and fire everyone at TransLink – to save $150 million annually in overhead. Some completely 100% glass full and clueless individuals wonder why the rest of us not so clueless people refuse to fund the imbeciles at TransLink further. Really, I’m going to…

  2. eric chris says:

    McLay as the new interim TransLink CEO ($383,905 salary in 2013 for doing Mickey Mouse accounting) sure dresses well – so polished in public speaking, too. Listening to her stilted speech and screechy voice grates me as much as her stinking diesel buses (carbon emitting) replacing zero emission trolleybuses on the 99 B-Line route.

    You’d think for her crazy salary, she’d know how to make a public presentation with poise and have an advanced degree in electrical or mechanical engineering to know something about transit operations and design to avoid things like the $200 million Compass debacle. What a ditz. Our receptionist making maybe $40,000 annually is much more poised and eloquent than McLay making about $400,000 annually, an overpaid simpleton accountant.

    Sickening. Fire McLay and everyone else at TransLink.

    It is the provincial government making all the big decisions for TransLink. What’s the reason for even having TransLink, for the politicians to deflect criticism and use the minions at TransLink as scapegoats, costing us $150 million annually in overhead?

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