05/14/2015 03:21 EDT | Updated 05/14/2016 05:59 EDT

Compass Card rolls out to Translink's West Coast Express service and students

Students and West Coast Express customers will be the next to receive Compass Cards, the Greater Vancouver transit authority announced Thursday.

Beginning June 8, around 7,500 cards will be handed out across the West Coast Express network.

"The delivery of Compass to West Coast Express is a significant milestone because it marks the first time our customers will be able to pay for their fare on the Compass system," said TransLink Interim CEO Doug Allen in a statement.

On June 1, 50,000 students across SFU, UBC, BCIT and Langara will switch over from the U-Pass to the Compass Card system, the authority also announced.

TransLink estimates 220,000 customers will be using the much-delayed cards by September, still far short of the company's 850,000 goal.