After decades of scrounging around for change (or remembering to buy paper tokens at a store), Sunshine Coast transit passengers will soon have the option of paying for the bus electronically.
BC Transit's Umo (pronounced "you-mo"), is expanding to the upper and lower Sunshine Coast, as well as Squamish, in coming weeks. The system is already in place in several Vancouver Island regions.
The system boasts contactless payment, new fare options and one can either use the Umo Mobility app or a reloadable Umo card to pay. Cash will still be accepted.
Umo cards will be free to pick up, according to BC Transit's FAQ
While paying by debit and credit is not yet possible, the FAQ says those functions are planned to be enabled soon.
One can learn more about Umo at bctransit.com/umo or by attending one of two information sessions on the lower Sunshine Coast: Dec. 12, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Gibsons Public Market or Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to noon at the Sechelt library.