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Compass card launches in July

Posted on June 2, 2015

VCC students get the Compass Card from June 17.

This July, all U-Pass BC students at Vancouver Community College will experience Compass Card – the reloadable fare card that works everywhere in Metro Vancouver. Students will say good-bye to the paper U-Pass BC passes and line-ups, and hello to a Compass Card.

Pick up your Compass Card starting June 17, 2015 from U-Pass BC dispensers.

As part of the Initial Release period for U-Pass BC, the $6 deposit on your Compass Card has been waived. Your Compass Card will look just like a regular Compass Card. When travelling with U-Pass BC, you still need to carry your student ID and be ready to present it to transit personnel if prompted.

  • Once you get your card, visit and follow the easy steps to sign into your U-Pass BC account, link your Compass Card, and request your U-Pass BC.
  • It can take up to 24 hours for your U-Pass BC to load onto your Compass Card, so make sure to request it before the end of the month.
  • When your request has been processed, you will be able to use your card to tap in and tap out on transit.

Remember – your new Compass Card can be used for years to come so make sure you hold onto it.

By September, TransLink anticipates that all 130,000 students eligible for U-Pass BC will have received their Compass Cards.

JUNE U-PASS BC CARDS – Students must pick up their June U-Pass BC cards by June 8 from the dispensers as the machines will be off-line as we upgrade from June 9-16.

If you have questions about U-Pass BC, please contact For Compass Card questions, visit