School staff will pay more under Compass: VSB report 0
(CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)
The Vancouver School Board says the 145 staff members who use TransLink’s employer pass program — which offers a 15% discount over monthly passes — will pay up to $306 more annually once the program is eliminated.
That’s how much it’ll cost the teachers, administrative and non-instructional workers who currently use an annual three-zone pass offered by the program.
Under that program, which according to TransLink is being eliminated on Jan. 1, organizations with at least 25 staff are eligible for the discount as long as employees purchase a year’s worth of rides at a time.
Employees who use a one-zone pass would pay $164 more each year, according to the school board report to be presented Wednesday.
Individual employees pay for all passes.
The request for a report was made by board chairwoman Patti Bacchus, who was worried staff would no longer have any incentives to take transit after the program is eliminated. Bacchus also wanted to know whether secondary schools could continue to subsidize student rides with FareSavers.
Concession Compass Cards and individual-trip Compass tickets can be used to address student rides, according to the report, which added the cancellation of EPP could result in a “reduction of transit use” by those currently using the discounts.
The report concluded that any impact on students and staff, however, should be insignificant.