New transit fare system begins

THE CITY of Terrace is one of many places to take part in a new transit fare system.

  • Jul. 14, 2011 7:00 a.m.

THE CITY of Terrace is one of many places to take part in a new transit fare system.

People who take the bus can get a new electronic card that they just swipe when they get on the bus that will also record data.

BC Transit announced the new fare system July 13 and said the information collected will help determine ridership trends, which will help with route planning.

It will also “improve fare security [and] reduce fare disputes.”

When bus passengers get on and swipe their card, the new farebox will record data such as product type, boarding time and bus route.

Passengers who pay by ticket or cash will make their payment the same way as always.

The new bus passes are on sale now.

Besides Terrace, BC Transit launched the new fareboxes in Campbell River, Central Fraser Valley, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley and Cowichan Valley Commuter, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Kelowna, Kootenay Boundary, Nanaimo, Pemberton, Penticton, Port Alberni, Powell River, Prince George, Squamish, Sunshine Coast and Vernon.

BC Transit said the long-range project is budgeted for $6.48 million and will add similar technology to 700 of its vehicles.