Remember when the full rollout of TransLink's electronic fare cards—you won't catch anyone calling them "smart" anymore—was scheduled for 2013? In a news release today (July 8), the regional transportation authority announced it "needs more time to resolve technical issues before the next phase of the program can be rolled out to customers".
TransLink said we'll get a "project update" in October and the budget for the program is still $194 million.
In the meantime, TransLink is working on "improving the speed and reliability" of the card readers, also known as "mobile validators", that we're all looking forward to using.
“We have looked closely at the experiences of other jurisdictions, and we’re confident that we’re doing the right thing by getting these technical issues worked out before we fully offer this new service to all of our customers,” TransLink chief operating officer Doug Kelsey said in the release.
TransLink claims the Compass card will "reduce fare evasion and provide TransLink with near real-time data to improve service delivery and long-term transit planning".