News Release: Government provides Compass Cards to BC Bus Pass holders

The BC provincial government has issued this news release on the transition from the BC Bus Pass to Compass Cards.

Important Notice Re: BC Bus Pass holders in TransLink Service Area

The following notice is from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation:

In the past, BC Bus Pass clients received a new bus pass in the mail each year in December. This year, the BC Bus Pass clients will pay their renewal fee and their 2015 benefit will be activated at any Sky Train station once they tap their Compass Card after December 11, 2014. The 2015 benefits cannot be used to ride the bus and/or skytrain until January 1, 2015. 2014 benefits will remain valid until December 31, 2014.

Your Compass Card will last you up to 20 years, so please do not throw out your card at the end of each calendar year as the funds you pay to the BC Bus Pass Program will be reloaded to that same card. Card benefits can be activated as of December 11, 2014 at a Skytrain station for use as of January 1, 2015.



TaxiSavers: COSCO & BCCPD Applaud TransLink & the Community

The Council of Senior Citizens Organizations (COSCO) and the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) applauds the TransLink Board for reversing its plan to eliminate the TaxiSaver Program. We would also like to congratulate the organizations and individuals who worked hard to show TransLink why Taxisavers are so important to the dignity and independence of seniors and people with disabilities.
By truly listening to the voices of people who use TaxiSavers and acting on what it heard the Board has demonstrated that it values community consultation. We are encouraged that going forward TransLink will continue to engage in true community consultation when it develops plans that impact people with disabilities and seniors.