I was accepted a week ago into the Translink Compass Card Beta program and the card arrived today.
The card is pre-loaded with $100.00 of pretend concession fares. I have to have valid fare to use the transit system, but they want me to "tap in" and "tap out" with the card whenever I use Skytrain or Bus, so that we can validate that the system is working correctly. The actual test is due to start next Monday, so I'll give you some updates then. They also gave me a bunch of little handouts if anyone is curious, as I'm also a Compass Ambassador!
Stay tuned for more updates.