The Compass Project
On the surface, it's a simple and easy to use card - but look behind the curtain, and you'll discover there's a whole lot more going on. The amount of preparation and work that goes into launching a world-class transportation system is impressive, to say the least. Throughout the fall and winter of 2012/13, you will notice preparations being made for the launch of Compass, including the installation of Compass vending machines, validators, new security measures, along with a number of system wide upgrades. To learn more, check out the The Compass Project Overview infographic or watch the Compass video below.
When can we start using Compass?
The Compass system, including new faregates and vending machines, can't be used right away as it needs to undergo a complex testing process early in 2013 once all the equipment is in place. After testing, a pilot program will begin, followed by a transition period when both Compass cards and tickets and, most of the passes and tickets people use now, will work on transit. This will lead to the final, complete change-over to Compass cards late in 2013.