New Compass Card for UPass Holders

UPassCompass_WebBadges_AllSizes_370x370U-Pass BC is going digital, and will be linked to Translink’s new Compass Card for UBC summer students.

Compass is a durable, reloadable electronic fare card that will replace TransLink’s current paper passes and tickets. Your U-Pass BC will be integrated into the Compass system and change how you get your U-Pass BC benefit every month.

1) Get a Compass Card starting May 16th

Compass Cards are available starting May 16th from any U-Pass BC machine location: UBC Bookstore, Old SUB or UBC Robson Square.

2) Link your Compass Card and U-Pass BC online

Once you have a Compass Card, you will need to link it to your U-Pass BC account to use it as a monthly transit pass:

  1. Visit
  2. Request your U-Pass BC benefit for June (and subsequently for each month)
  3. Allow up to 24 hours for activation

Since it can take up to 24 hours for Compass Cards to be linked to a U-Pass BC account, be sure to log in and request your benefit well in advance of June 1st. Don’t get stuck without a transit pass!

3) Start riding transit with Compass on June 1st

Tap in and tap out every time you enter and exit a bus or station, including when you transfer.

Remember to request your U-Pass BC benefit online each month, on or after the 16th, to ride transit in the following month.

For more information about your U-Pass BC and the Compass Card please visit

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