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I thought there was something missing when I was looking at what seemed to instantly come to mind when everyone thought of the new SkyTrain faregates in Metro Vancouver, so I decided to write a newsletter about it. Four versions of my newsletter appeared on newspapers around the region as of recently. One of them (the Vancouver Sun) I cannot post here, as I do not subscribe to the Vancouver Sun and do not have regular access to their articles. For the ones I can find, here they are below:

Key to improvement

Seen in: The Province

Most people who oppose the coming SkyTrain fare gates seem to have not realized that part of the reason that TransLink and the B.C. government want to introduce them is so that integration with the coming Compass transit fare card can be achieved.

The Compass Card and the data it obtains from its ability to track the beginning and end points of all transit trips will spawn huge improvements across the region in transit-service optimization and cost-efficiency. And these are what is going to offset the capital and annual costs of the fare gates.

Once the Compass Card becomes a part of our transit system, everyone’s going to have a better experience on transit in Metro Vancouver.

Daryl Dela Cruz, Surrey

Fare gates optimize transit service
Fare gates ensure transit consistency

Seen in: Vancouver Courier, Coquitlam Now, Richmond News

The Editor,

Most people who oppose the upcoming SkyTrain fare gates seem to have not realized that part of the reason that TransLink and the BC MOT want to introduce fare gates is so that integration with the upcoming Compass transit fare card can be achieved.

The Compass Card and the data it obtains from its ability to track the beginning and end points of all transit trips will spawn huge improvements region-wide in transit service optimization and cost-efficiency, and these are what is going to offset the capital and annual costs of the fare gates.

Without the fare gates, there would be no way to figure out what trips occur on the SkyTrain and no way to optimize based on those trips.

That would be counter-productive, as SkyTrain is a part of so many transit trips in the region.

The Compass Card concept is the same concept that has already been introduced on the transit system in Montreal, and is used worldwide in transit systems.

For example, in Tokyo, a single money-containing fare card will grant you access to not just the local metro, JR commuter rail and local bus lines, but also vending machines if you want a snack or a drink or whatever of the many unique items dispensed through vending machines in Japan.

Once the Compass Card becomes a part of our transit system, everyone’s going to have a better experience on transit here in Metro Vancouver.

Daryl Dela Cruz, Surrey

Fare Gates a Key to Better Transit
Compass Card will improve Transit Service

Seen in: Burnaby Now, Surrey Now, Langley Times

The Editor,

Most people who oppose the upcoming SkyTrain fare gates seem to have not realized that part of the reason TransLink and the B.C. MOT want to introduce fare gates is so that integration with the upcoming Compass transit fare-card can be achieved.

The Compass card and the data it obtains from its ability to track the beginning and end points of all transit trips will spawn huge improvements region-wide in transit service optimization and cost-efficiency, and these are what is going to offset the capital and annual costs of the fare gates.

Without the fare gates, there would be no way to figure out what trips occur on SkyTrain and no way to optimize based on those trips. That would be counterproductive, as SkyTrain is a part of so many transit trips in the region.

The Compass card concept is the same concept that has already been introduced on the transit system in Montreal, and is used worldwide in transit systems.

Once the Compass card becomes a part of our transit system, everyone’s going to have a better experience on transit here in Metro Vancouver.

Daryl Dela Cruz, Surrey

22, KPU Geography, J-POP enthusiast. Founding director of SkyTrain for Surrey.

Letters: SkyTrain fare-gates key to better transit
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