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May Day Events are scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 1 between 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. These events could affect Rte 512 service in the following areas of downtown Seattle: ...
Apr 29, 2016
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Apr 26, 2016
Viaduct Closure Means More Surface Street Traffic; Service Delays Anticipated Starting Friday, April 29, the Alaskan Way Via...
Mar 31, 2016
City of Seattle has issued a traffic advisory, noting that Stewart Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic between Minor Avenue and Terry Avenue. This lane reduct...
Mar 14, 2016
Starting Wednesday, March 16, the following stops along Darrington Street will be closed while reconstruction work takes place: Stop #1354, Southbound Emens Ave, south o...
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An ORCA card costs $5, but will save you money after only a few trips.
Traveling the Puget Sound region by bus, train and ferry is even easier with ORCA - One Regional Card for All. The ORCA card works like cash or a pass, automatically tracking the value of different fares and transfers so you don't have to.
The electronic fare card works for all seven of the major public transportation agencies serving King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties:
If you take more than one bus or train to complete your trip, or if you want to get on and off the bus (like Swift) frequently, get an ORCA card.
Paying with ORCA automatically gives you a two-hour transfer that credits the fare you've already paid when you transfer to another bus.
Use your ORCA card on buses, trains and ferries throughout the Puget Sound.Watch on YouTube
Adult customers can buy an ORCA card and load transportation value or passes onto existing cards in the any of the ways listed below.
To pay a youth fare, customers must provide proof of age and buy their first ORCA card by mail or in person at a Customer Service Office. A youth ORCA card costs $5 to purchase.
To pay a reduced fare, seniors (ages 65+) and people with disabilities need to get a reduced fare ORCA card in person at a Customer Service Office. Bring proof of age or a Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) application (pdf). A new reduced fare ORCA card costs $3. Current reduced fare permit holders can exchange their valid reduced fare card at any time for a new ORCA reduced fare card at no charge.
Once you have your ORCA card, all customers can load a pass or E-purse value online, by mail, at an ORCA Customer Service Office or at a ticket vending machine. Cards last 3-5 years.
Best for: new or infrequent transit riders
E-purse is loading pre-paid value on your ORCA card, like a pre-paid coffee card. The fare value of your ride is deducted automatically from your card, and if you need to transfer to complete your trip, the transfer credit is calculated too. If the second trip costs more than the first, additional fare will be deducted automatically from your card and shown on the card reader.
E-purse value may be purchased in dollar increments with a minimum purchase of $5 and a maximum of $300. You can add value at any time by phone, online or in person, or set the card to “autoload” whenever the balance falls to zero.
Best for: frequent customers
For those who take more than 18 roundtrips a month, we recommend a monthly pass (see pass prices). A monthly pass on an ORCA card is good for unlimited rides on transit systems throughout the region. Pick a pass value based on the fare of your most frequent trip. For instance, buy a $2.25 pass if you’re an adult who takes local Community Transit buses.
If you make transfers to a bus or train with a higher fare, you can pay the cost difference with cash or with E-purse value that you've added to your ORCA card.
You can set your ORCA account to automatically load a new pass every month.
If you ride the Washington State Ferries, you can load a WSF monthly pass on your ORCA card (creating your own "Ship to Shore" pass), or use your E-purse to pay for individual ferry rides (walk-on fare only).