October 17th, 2018 will go down in Bristish Columbia history: B.C. Ferries is now accepting Interac payments on some of its vessels.
That means you’ll finally be able to pay for your souvenirs and triple-O burgers with debit on B.C. Ferries.
On Wednesday, the crown corporation tested the debit machines on the Spirit of British Columbia vessel.
Beginning Thursday, passengers travelling between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen will be able to pay for any purchase made on their trip with a debit card.
B.C. Ferries confirmed today was a soft launch date for their pilot program, with the official launch starting tomorrow.
This pilot program, featured on five ferries, will run for about two months, at which point B.C. Ferries will asses the trial and consider expanding to more vessels and walk-on ticket areas.
A large part of the decision to introduce debit machines now is due to improved on-board technology.
A B.C. Ferries spokesperson told Victoria Buzz that a resilient and fully stable network connection was a must before debit machines could be used on ferries. Now, a near 100% reliability for the machines has been reached.
Excited passengers noticed the debit machines on the Spirit of British Columbia vessel, and shared their findings on social media.