A new electronic fare collection system is coming to Squamish transit. The new “Umo” system will allow riders to pay by mobile app or new reloadable smart card. In the future, payments by personal credit or debit cards and mobile wallets will be enabled.
Smart cards will be reloadable either in person at a vendor location or online, though passengers can continue to use cash. While the new system will introduce new payment options, the price of passes and individual rides will remain the same.
“This is a great new system that will help to remove barriers and make it easier for people to hop on the bus without having to scramble for exact change or passes,” says District of Squamish Mayor Armand Hurford. “It’s our hope that these changes will encourage folks to more frequently incorporate our transit system into their day-to-day travel or commute.”
Here are some Umo App features:
Trip planning tools allow you to set your location, enter your destination and select your route
Option to purchase a transit pass or add funds to a reloadable account
Pay on the bus using the app
Real-time technology allows you to track your bus along its route
The District of Squamish is one of 30 transit systems across the province set to implement Umo. The new electronic fare collection system is expected to be operational in Squamish by summer 2023.