You can now digitally pay for a bus in Squamish with an app.
BC Transit’s Umo fare system is now live on Squamish transit. Umo, pronounced “you-mo,” can be used either through an app or reloadable card, according to a news release from BC Transit.
“When ready to travel, riders open their app to display a dynamic QR code that serves as their fare product. As riders board the bus, they present their app’s QR code to a new onboard validator,” reads the release. “The Umo app also provides riders with additional tools to help them plan their trip including real-time information and maps.”
Alternatively, riders can also use the Umo card.
“[An] Umo card can be picked up for free from a BC Transit Umo vendor. The card is designed for continued use and can be continually topped up with fare products through a vendor, online at ca.umopass.com, or through Umo’s customer service call centre at 877-380-8181.”
Additionally, BC Transit noted that the 30-Day Pass would soon replace the existing Monthly Pass, though the exact date is unknown and BC Transit expects it to take several months. The 30-Day Pass allows users unlimited trips during a 30-day period and can be activated on any day of the month.
“While it is expected most riders will find one of Umo’s new payment methods a more convenient option, sheets of 10 tickets will continue to be sold and cash will continue to be accepted for riders who prefer these options.”
Finally, Squamish riders using Umo will automatically be converted to a DayPASS fare if they ride the bus a second time on any given day.
“This means regardless of a rider’s chosen Umo payment method, a rider will never pay more than two times the value of a cash fare for unlimited daily travel in the Squamish transit system,” reads the release.
Eventually, BC Transit intends to provincially enable onboard payments with debit and credit cards.
For more information on Umo, visit bctransit.com/umo. You can also download Umo Mobility app in the Apple and Google Play stores.