Transit users will tap on and tap off with Compass cards when the new payment system fully rolls out next year. London Drugs stores will offer another location to buy the cards and reload them with more value.

London Drugs to host Compass card machines around Lower Mainland

Partnership with TransLink gives users more places to buy transit smart cards, with 18 new machines installed in Surrey, Vancouver areas.

Transit riders will be able to reload or buy Compass cards at vending machines in 18 London Drugs stores starting early next year.

TransLink’s partnership with the B.C.-based retailer will give transit users access to the machines at more locations besides rapid transit stations as the new smart card payment system rolls out.

“We wanted to extend our reach beyond the stations to locations that touch a broader part of the community,” said Mike Madill, TransLink vice-president of enterprise initiatives.

Existing retailers who now sell TransLink passes and tickets will be able to sell preloaded Compass cards, but those outlets won’t be able to reload them or host vending machines.

London Drugs was selected to host the in-store machines after a competitive bidding process.

Madill said no money is changing hands but declined to provide details on the deal with the retailer.

Passengers will also be able to reload cards by phone or online – it’s expected many will use a feature to set their Compass card to automatically reload from a connected credit card or bank account whenever the card value drops below a set level.

Vending machines will be more important to Compass users who want to reload the card using cash because they don’t have a credit card or bank account, or choose not to connect them.

The machines in London Drugs stores in South Delta, South Surrey, Cloverdale, Langley, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam and the North Shore will be the only physical places to reload cards in those areas, which are far from SkyTrain stations.

Map of London Drugs stores that will host Compass card vending machines.

 

 

Just Posted

Cloverdale’s 5 most-read stories of the week, March 17–22

Lottery ticket lawsuit, mysterious holes in tree trunks, and more

What’s happening in Cloverdale this weekend, March 22 to 24

Looking for something to do in Cloverdale this weekend?

New driver ticketed after sending vehicle through White Rock garden

‘We heard a big bang and he drove right into the bush,’ witness says

Hands Against Racism takes over Surrey City Hall

Event included music, dance; two people received awards

Surrey couple visits the Philippines each year to give back to wife’s former village

Nissa and Bob Clarkson give toys to children, provide medical-dental missions

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

B.C. VIEWS: The hijacking of our education system gathers speed

Children taught to strike and shout fringe far-left demands

Judges on Twitter? Ethical guidance for those on the bench under review

Canadian judges involvement in community life are among issues under review

Trudeau calls May 6 byelection for B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith

The riding opened up when Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January

VIDEO: Vancouver fall to Seattle in Game 2 of the playoffs

Thunderbirds topple the Giants 4-1 in Langley, evening the Western Conference series one game each

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Most Read