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October 04, 2021 - Media Release

TransLink and SCRAP-IT offer free transit in exchange for fossil fuel cars

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – TransLink is partnering with SCRAP-IT to offer a Compass Card rebate when residents scrap their old fossil fuel cars. In exchange, customers can choose either an eight-month adult 1-Zone or 14-month Concession Compass Card valued at $802.

For more than 25 years, the SCRAP-IT program has been offering green transportation incentives to encourage drivers to give up their older fossil fuel cars and trucks for electronic vehicle subsidies, carshare credits, transit passes, e-bikes and cash rebates.

“We are facing a climate emergency and we must all take steps to reduce our carbon emissions,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn. “Partnerships like this help people make greener, more environmentally-friendly choices. By choosing public transportation you are helping reduce congestion and the region’s carbon footprint.”

TransLink is committed to the development of a sustainable transportation system that aims to meet the needs of people, organizations, and businesses, and promotes the ecological, economic and social well-being of Metro Vancouver. Initiatives like this will help TransLink reach our goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. This program also helps reduce car dependency and congestion as we see bridge traffic returning to pre-COVID levels and license registration rates increasing.

“British Columbians know about the climate emergency and may be considering what they can do that will make a difference,” says SCRAP-IT CEO Diane Roberts. “Our program gives them the opportunity to make the switch to a cleaner form of transportation and make that transition much more affordable. It’s a win-win for the environment and their own pocketbook.”

SCRAP-IT is a not-for-profit society focused on clean transportation initiatives. The scrap vehicle program is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower exhaust pollutants across the province. For program and qualification details, visit scrapit.ca.

More information:
TransLink is facilitating the SCRAP-IT Compass Card initiative through its TravelSmart for Business program. If you’re an employee or employer who would like to offer discounted transit passes, you can find out more about our flexible employer pass products here.

Media contact:
SCRAP-IT Media Relations
Shrief Fadl – LBMG
E: sfadl@lbmg.ca

Media contact:
TransLink Media Relations
E: media@translink.ca


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