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Translink Bus anywhere with a 1 zone fare

Posted by Peter King 
Translink Bus anywhere with a 1 zone fare
October 04, 2015 05:45AM
Starting Monday travel throughout the entire Metro Vancouver transit system on bus across all zones with a 1-zone fare. All buses will be considered a 1-zone fare, all day, every day. Whether you are using cash, FareSavers, a monthly pass or a Compass product, you'll only need to pay for for 1-zone travel on buses starting October 5. On Skytrain,Canada Line and Seabus however, the fares and zones remain the same as the multi-zones will still apply. Transfers from bus to Skytrain or Seabus may require AddFare if crossing zone boundaries weekdays before 6:30 pm. Transfers to bus will not require additional fare.
Re: Translink Bus anywhere with a 1 zone fare
October 04, 2015 02:26PM
Sounds like a bargain....and all due to Translink not getting their crap in line,very sad...thank you for the update Peter.
Van
Re: Translink Bus anywhere with a 1 zone fare
October 04, 2015 02:44PM
Finally, Translink has finally seen the light and got a brain. This should have happened years ago , hopefully it will last into the far distance future.

Cheers,
Van

"When times are hard, Go with the flow and sing a song in your head." Logan age 7
Re: Translink Bus anywhere with a 1 zone fare
October 04, 2015 05:17PM
Peter King Wrote:
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> .....All buses will be considered a 1-zone fare, all day, every day.

Any idea how long this will last?
Re: Translink Bus anywhere with a 1 zone fare
October 04, 2015 05:25PM
> Any idea how long this will last?
Until they can make the card thing work

There is nothing like a government saying "we want to buy the complex IT system you have installed and working in other cities - but just make a few fundamental changes to the way it works" to make a salesman smile



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/04/2015 05:31PM by MartinB.
Van
Re: Translink Bus anywhere with a 1 zone fare
October 04, 2015 08:05PM
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Translink Web ppage States: No matter what fare product you use, make sure you buy right for October. All bus travel is considered 1-zone, no matter where you go or when you travel.

Multi-zone fares still apply when travelling on SkyTrain or SeaBus weekdays before 6:30 p.m. This is for all fare products including cash tickets, FareSavers, a monthly pass or a Compass product.

This would appear that it will only last for the month of October. Why else would they say Quote "... make sure you buy right for October." Unquote?

Cheers,
Van

"When times are hard, Go with the flow and sing a song in your head." Logan age 7
Re: Translink Bus anywhere with a 1 zone fare
October 04, 2015 09:40PM
It may be because Van, they are rolling out the Compass Card generally and you won't need to get other fare media beyond the immediate future.

Richard



Man cannot survive except by gaining knowledge, and reason is his only means to gain it. AynRand
Van
Re: Translink Bus anywhere with a 1 zone fare
October 04, 2015 09:46PM
Good point Richard. Hopefully the fares will remain the same with the Compass Card.

Cheers,
Van

"When times are hard, Go with the flow and sing a song in your head." Logan age 7
Re: Translink Bus anywhere with a 1 zone fare
October 05, 2015 10:28AM
The simple reason for 1 zone fares on buses IS the rollout of the Compass Card. It has been found that 'tapping out' on the wireless system aboard buses is too slow, prone to errors and confusing. So, 1 zone.

The bigger issue is the unfairness of the zone system. If you ride the skytrain one stop and it crosses eg Vancouver to Burnaby, that counts as two zones. One discussion at Translink a few years ago was to do 'distance based pricing'. Aboard skytrain this would work.

Another feature touted was 'resident fares'. If one lived within Metro Vancouver and used Compass, the price would be cheaper than the cash fare. Rationale is that locals pay via property taxes, gas tax, hydro surcharge, parking tax etc in addition to the fare box. The fare box represents about 33-38% of the operating cost recovery for the system.

Good example is the 257 which often is filled with people going to Nanaimo/Langdale. Locals like us are essentially subsidizing their use of transit, and the the schedules are optimized for those ferries to boot.

Obviously this is not the only area- roads and bridges being another, but it is one that COULD have been fixed if Compass had been properly designed. For starters it should have been integrated into the Experience Card...
Re: Translink Bus anywhere with a 1 zone fare
October 05, 2015 11:48AM
Is there a way to cash in 2 zone Faresavers that now appear to be obsolete?
Re: Translink Bus anywhere with a 1 zone fare
October 05, 2015 03:17PM
"Is there a way to cash in 2 zone Faresavers that now appear to be obsolete?"

I'll buy them from you; I can use them on the Canada Line between the airport from downtown. I fly somewhere at least once a month.

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