TransLink is introducing smart payment cards and adding turnstiles to SkyTrain stations and SeaBus terminals that should be operational by 2013.

The transit authority is starting to look for a service provider and work to install the turnstiles is expected to get underway in 2010.

The smart card will be the size of a credit card with an embedded microchip. Once the cards are “loaded,” users will be able to simply touch electronic readers to pay their fare at stations or buses.

The turnstiles, or fare gates, will not only add a sense of security to the system but also help TransLink crack down on fare evaders, the company said.