Today construction on the SkyTrain faregates began at Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station start the installation of the transit faregates. The cost to implement faregates at all stations is pegged at $171-million. This should have been implemented from day one. However, alas just like most big capital projects a few minor details are always left out.
Installation will be complete by 2013 and that will lead to the introduction of the Compass transit cards.
You will need a Compass card to use transit. You will be able to pre load an amount on the card. Perhaps the card could one day be used at convenience stores like they do in Hong Kong.
It’s estimated that close to 8 to 10 million in increased revenue will be brought in to the system as fare evasion will be mitigated. So in 20 years this project will pay for itself. Hmmmm….
Image and source: Vancouver Sun