TransLink introduces Compass cards and age-based discounts for HandyDART

Starting Oct. 1, HandyDART customers aged 13 to 18 and 65 and older will pay $2 per one-zone trip compared with $2.45 for an adult aged 19 to 64.

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TransLink is introducing Compass cards and age-based discounts for HandyDART customers this fall.

Starting on Oct. 1., HandyDART customers can use Compass cards and Tap to Pay with contactless credit cards for more convenience.

TransLink says it will also make HandyDART fares more equitable and allow customers to more easily travel between HandyDART and the bus, SeaBus, SkyTrain, and West Coast Express.

The age-based discounts will affect those aged 13 to 18 and customers 65 and older, which TransLink says will help about 70 to 75 per cent of HandyDART customers. These customers will pay $2 beginning in October per one-zone trip compared with $2.45 for an adult aged 19 to 64.

HandyDART User’s chair Tim Louis, who is also a lawyer, and former Vancouver city councillor, said he is very pleased with the rollout of Compass cards and age-based discounts for HandyDart customers.

“I also appreciate that TransLink has not only listened but, more importantly, heard the voices of the disability community regarding the registration and application process,” he said, in a statement Thursday.

Louis said the new process for applying for HandyDART provides applicants with options, either a personal consultation or working with their doctor to provide the information.

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