Interac and Translink have today announced that Canadians will soon be able to use Interac Debit to hop on transit. This will also make TransLink the first transit agency in Canada to fully integrate Interac Debit contactless payments across a regional transit system.
By the end of 2022, TransLink customers will be able to pay with Interac Debit at Compass readers on any bus or fare gate across the system.
Tap to Pay offers casual transit riders and tourists a convenient way to pay, allowing users to pay with Interac Debit directly to ride without pre-purchasing a Compass Card and without having to use an in-station Compass Vending Machine.
“Integrating Interac Debit contactless payments across our system in Metro Vancouver is another way we’re making it easier for customers to take transit. TransLink was the first transit agency in Canada to commercially launch contactless credit card and mobile payments, and it’s important that we continue to be innovative to make transit an even more attractive transportation option.” – Kevin Quinn, CEO, TransLink
Over 5,000 Compass readers across TransLink’s network will need to be upgraded to ensure compatibility with debit cards enabled with Interac Debit contactless payments.
Once integrated, customers will be able to pay at Compass readers by using Interac Debit, in addition to other already available contactless payment options like Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay Wallet.