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Vancouver tests integrated transit card

Employees of 14 Vancouver-based businesses have been issued with a new type of transit card that lets them use a single payment method for travel on public transport operator TransLink, for bike sharing with Mobi by Shaw Go and car sharing with Modo and Evo — and then “view expenses for each mode at the end of the month in one convenient location, through a streamlined expense report”.

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The new Shared Mobility Compass Card pilot will run with 200 participating employees in the Canadian city until the end of May 2020 and is designed to test technical integration of the Compass system ahead of a planned rollout to consumers.

 

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Compass Cards will soon be used to pay for and unlock travel with TransLink, Modo, Evo, and Mobi by Shaw Go, as part of a limited pilot program launching today. The Shared Mobility Pilot Program will see select Vancouver-based employers provide their employees with co-branded Compass Cards for use on trips with any of the four transportation providers.

Approximately 200 employees from 14 organizations are set to take part and will be able to view expenses for each mode at the end of the month in one convenient location, through a streamlined expense report. The Shared Mobility Compass Card is for employees to use on work-related travel and is not open to the public at this stage.

TransLink’s partnership with Modo, Evo, and Mobi by Shaw Go was formed as part of the inaugural Open Call for Innovation on Seamless Mobility. The pilot program runs until the end of May 2020 and is important for testing the technical integration of the Compass system. All participating organizations and employees will be surveyed at the beginning and end of the program. The information collected will determine TransLink’s next steps, including the potential for wider integration.

“The Shared Mobility Pilot Program is ultimately about providing more choices and more convenience for customers. Those participating can take transit on their morning commute, cycle to meeting locations throughout the day, and unlock carshare services for the journey back home. These individual trips will now all be possible with one easy and seamless payment method. I’m very much looking forward to the results of this pilot and how it will guide our next generation of travel tools.” Kevin Desmond

TransLink Chief Executive Officer “Reducing the number of trips taken in personally owned vehicles has always been central to Modo’s mandate as a community-minded co-operative. By collaborating with TransLink, Mobi and Evo, we expect to see even greater impact. The pilot is a step in the right direction, as it encourages employees to leave their cars at home, commute using more sustainable modes such as transit, while gaining convenient access to other shared mobility services for business related travel. Working together, we should see Metro Vancouver’s congestion challenges improve, and with it, a more livable region.”

Patrick Nangle – Modo Co-operative Chief Executive Officer “Public bike share is a great active and sustainable transportation option for the Metro Vancouver region. However, we know that if combined with transit and other shared mobility options, there is a much greater opportunity for wider adoption and usage. This is one of our main motivators for joining the Shared Mobility Compass Card program, we want more people riding bikes to get around.”

Mia Kohout – Mobi by Shaw Go General Manager “Getting where you want to go around town often means using more than one type of transport for your trip. Convenience always wins. Evo Car Share members already love the convenience of car sharing, and often add transit or a bike ride to their journeys with us. We’re excited to be part of this shared mobility pilot to explore how we can make the experience of switching between transport options seamless and simple for Vancouverites. Less reliance on private vehicles is a win for our city and for all of us who live and work here.”

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