TransLink embarks on major review of transit fares

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      For the first time in more than 30 years, the Lower Mainland's public-transportation provider is looking at its system for collecting fares.

      TransLink says its "comprehensive review" will last two years and will incorporate public input.

      The three-zone fare system was implemented in 1984, which was more than a year before the Expo Line opened.

      "With Compass, we have a new tool to help create a fare system that provides a better customer experience and encourages more people to take transit," TransLink's vice president transportation planning and policy, Tim Savoie, said in a news release issued today.

      It noted that in the first of four phases, the fare review will include "an online survey, stakeholder forums, in-person events, and market research".

      A one-zone adult fare costs $2.75 and allows for 90 minutes of travel on the system. A two-zone adult fare costs $4 and a three-zone adult fare costs $5.50.

      Adult monthly passes cost $91 for one zone, $124 for two zones, and $170 for three zones.

      Vancouver is its own zone. Travellers leaving Vancouver are in the second zone when they cross over to the North Shore or into Burnaby and New Westminster or Richmond.

      The three-zone fare kicks in when passengers leaving Vancouver reach the Tri-Cities, Surrey, and Delta.