Seamless Mass Transit System
The region's mass transit system needs to be well integrated so that it gives riders a seamless trip from one place to another, using a transfer or pass to transfer from one route to another to another, regardless of whether that route is a bus, monorail, or any other mode of transportation within the system.
REGIONAL “SMART CARD” SYSTEM OPERATIONAL SOON FOR FARES (Monday, March 23, 2009) — The King County Council has approved a system for fare collection using so-called “smart cards.” The new system is called ORCA (One Regional Card for All), and uses prepaid cards that can be tapped against an ORCA reader in the transit vehicle to deduct the amount of the fare from the balance in the card. The system will be used by King County Metro Transit, Sound Transit, Pierce Transit, Community Transit (in Snohomish County), Everett Transit, Kitsap Transit, and Washington State Ferries. The card will be good on buses, light rail, and ferries.
The ORCA system will provide the seamless regional fare system that I had hoped for.
©2003 Robert M. Fleming Jr.
This page was last updated 25 March 2009.