Single fare, no more zones
One price for all zones.
Why penalize those who travel furthest?
Why punish those that choose transit instead of driving during peak times?
One price for all zones, local residents pay one rate, tourists pay a slightly higher flat rate.
Frequent users could get discounts.
Transit riders should be REWARDED for choosing to ride, rather than drive.
Make it cheap enough and people will get out of their cars.
That would be nice if the bus transfers allow riders to transfer to SkyTrain/SeaBus. Unfortunately, the transfers can't activate the fare gates nor can be scanned on validators at Burrard Station (Concourse level elevator lobby entrance), Waterfront SeaBus station (Waterfront Rd entrance), Metrotown, and Stadium-Chinatown (when available). Also, the each faregate have contactless IC sensors on both sides. With current equipment in place, I would rather see distance-based (disregarding actual travel path) for SkyTrain and SeaBus while flat rate (current 1-zone fare) for buses. The maximum SkyTrain and SeaBus rate can be the current 3-zone fare but still not gouge riders going on very short SkyTrain/SeaBus trips (e.g. from Lonsdale Quay to Waterfront, and from Columbia to Scott Road). Tapping out on bus can make exiting a bus less efficient as the Compass sensors are slow and if the first tap is unsuccessful, it can further slow down exit times.
That does not make any sense. If Translink is smart enough to change the system to accommodate distance travelled and rush hour times, why is it that they are unable to come up with a bus transfer to activate fare gates? This is an important oversight that should have been thought of before the installation of this system. Also, hardly anyone taps out on a bus because there is no need once you tap in.
Other cities have a single fare that is less expensive than ours with no zones or times of service. Why can't that work here?
One more note: I still see people duck under or force their way through the gates!