Success of Compass rollout on West Coast Express suggests new program is finding its feet

In the welter of unhappy news from Translink, there are welcome reports of a very successful rollout of the Compass Card on the West Coast Express.

Although a relatively simple proposition, given the nature of the commuter rail service, the confirmation that Compass was fully operational on the WCE is good news both for Translink executives — if any are left — and Cubic, the Compass supplier, which has implemented much larger systems in other cities.

Implementation of the Compass program, delayed for many months by policy issues at Translink, is now under way in earnest, with U-Pass users joining the system this fall. After that, the rest of us regular riders should be a straightforward proposition.