Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink issued the following statement:
“I am pleased to report that I have spoken with Santa who confirmed that his Compass Card is loaded and ready to use on Christmas Eve.
“Santa informed me that in the event of an unfortunate sleigh malfunction, or in case Rudolph or any of the other reindeer need a quick rest during present-delivery duties, he will be depending on TransLink’s convenient public transit network to efficiently deliver presents to children across Metro Vancouver.
“Compass Cards facilitate travel on the region’s buses, SkyTrains and SeaBuses as well as the West Coast Express, which is why it is on Santa’s list of “recommended” stocking stuffers. The cards are already popular with Metro Vancouver residents - over one million Compass Cards are in active use by more than one in three people in TransLink’s service area.
“I also had the pleasure of speaking with Mrs. Claus who told me that while Santa and his elves have been hard at work this past month making lists and checking them twice, she did hear about the historic opening of the Evergreen extension and has packed a SkyTrain map alongside Santa’s Compass Card to ensure that he can easily navigate the longest, fully automated rapid transit system in the world.
“Both Santa and Mrs. Claus wish Metro Vancouver transit users a safe and Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing them on transit in the New Year!”