Rolling out the new Compass Card fare system is costing TransLink $23 million more than expected, the transportation authority confirmed Thursday.

Officials are blaming inflation and other factors for the overrun, which has pushed the projectai??i??s price tag up from $171 million to $194 million.

ai???More than half of that increase is bringing it to current day dollars,ai??? said TransLinkai??i??s Mike Madill. ai???Thereai??i??s also system changes, thereai??i??s interest during construction, thereai??i??s internal labour charges, [and] thereai??i??s a tax impact.ai???