Massive lineups for Compass Card wristbands as they sell out within two hours

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If you wanted to get your hands on a Compass Card wristband, you’re almost out of luck.

Dozens of people lined up outside the Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain station in Vancouver on Monday morning to get their hands on one of the wristbands.

TransLink was selling 2,000 Monday morning — 1,000 adult wristbands and 1,000 concession wristbands.

People were allowed to buy up to four each initially but that was later capped at two each when TransLink saw how many people were in line. They were charged a $6 refundable fee for each wristband.

The wristbands, which work the same as a Compass Card, will allow the rider to tap in and tap out when travelling on transit.

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Rickey Campbell, 35, was first in line on Monday morning and bought four wristbands.

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“I have permanent disability so it’s hard when I go to do the tap and have to hold everything and tap, walk through, and grab the rest of my stuff so this is going to make life really easy,” he said.

“You can’t get them out in Surrey and a lot of people have to work today so I went and picked them up for some people.”

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Customers can reload the wristband online, at a Compass vending machine, by phone or in person.

The wristbands are now sold out.

“This is a little bit more than we expected but it’s great, we are glad people love the wristbands and definitely going to look at ordering more,” TransLink spokesperson Jill Drews said.

TransLink says for those who didn’t get a wristband, they are still giving some away on the Buzzer blog.

More are also expected to be released early next year.

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