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TransLink looks at WiFi, Compass app 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Compass Card system is currently in beta testing. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

Compass Card system is currently in beta testing. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

TransLink says it’s been looking at having WiFi Internet on transit — though don’t expect it too soon — and it’s also developing an app for its Compass Card program.

The transit provider’s chief operating officer Doug Kelsey told 24 hours on Wednesday the initial app would likely have Compass management tools. A full-phone payment app to tap at the fare gate “may be down the road.”

“We’re still in the development stage, but the hope is that it’s something you’ll be able to order your trips through,” Kelsey said.

“Hopefully, you’d be able to check your accounts, things of that nature ... This one’s going to be card management. It’s a simpler app.”

Meanwhile, he said TransLink has had teams looking at the possibility of introducing wireless Internet on transit.

“The WiFi potentially could be generated through third-party investments who want to have access to the marketplace,” Kelsey said.

“This goes back a number of years ... there is a bunch of work that’s being looked at right now. I won’t get into details but teams are looking at that.”

 

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