Tap with Interac Debit on TransLink

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Paying your transit fare on every bus and gate throughout Metro Vancouver just got easier! TransLink customers can now pay for transit using Interac® Debit, making TransLink the first transit agency in Canada to fully integrate contactless Interac Debit payments systemwide.

Interac card at a TransLink fare gate

Tap with Interac Debit on TransLink

As part of TransLink’s Customer Experience Action Plan, TransLink,Interac, Moneris, and Cubic Transportation Systems upgraded more than 5,000 Compass Readers throughout TransLink’s system to make transit payments more convenient.

The upgrade allows customers to board transit by using Interac Debit with physical cards or through smartphone digital wallets. This allows customers to pay for transit more easily without having to use an in-station Compass Vending Machine or having to pre-load a Compass product with stored value.

Interac Debit payments is one more addition to the suite of available payment options for TransLink customers. Transit users can also pay with contactless credit cards, digital wallets, Compass Cards, Compass Wristbands, and Compass Minis.

Regional data from participants of a recent Interac Canada-wide survey found that a growing number of British Columbians want more convenient contactless payment options for transit:

  • 66% see debit as a convenient way to pay for transit.
  • 64% claimed that tap payments would save time when paying fares.
  • 56% would be interested in using debit or credit cards to pay for their trips if they had the option.
  • 69% believe it would be easier for visitors to pay for transit using their bank card as opposed to tickets, tokens, or passes.

TransLink reminds customers to please tap their card or smartphone when paying for transit, and not their wallets, to avoid card clash when paying.

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