Transit

Avoid sitting behind the wheel in traffic and get on the bus or light rail.

Tips to have a successful transit experience:

  • Be willing to try a few different times at first. You may find the bus is very full at one point, but 15 minutes earlier or later might mean more comfort. Talk to your workplace about starting a bit earlier or later to accommodate an ideal transit time.
  • Be productive ... or not! With laptops and smartphones, this might be an excellent time to catch up on emails. Or, use this time to put the technology away and take out a book, or listen to a podcast while staring out the window.
  • Try out an app, like OneBusAway, Transit App or King County Metro Trip Planner, which give you real-time countdowns to when the next bus will arrive at your stop.
  • Be a good neighbor. If you see an elderly person, parent with young children, or individual with special needs, offer them a seat. Also leave space around you for others to sit.
  • Say hi to your driver when you board! Being kind to others will lead to you having a more enjoyable experience as well.
  • If you live in an area that does not have many bus connections, consider park and ride lots as an option. Save money on parking and avoid the stress of rush hour traffic.

TRANSIT PASS INFORMATION

ORCA Card

What is an ORCA card? Watch this video.

You can use an ORCA card on Metro Transit Buses, Sound Transit Link Light Rail, Sound Transit Regional Express Buses, Sounder Train, Kitsap Transit Buses, Seattle Street Car and King County Water Taxis! Your ORCA card works like a pass, automatically tracking the value of different fares and transfers so you don’t have to. Travelling is easier when you use an ORCA card to pay your fare. Instructions on using an ORCA card can be found on ORCAcard.com.

ORCA LIFT Card

ORCA LIFT provides a more affordable way to get to work, school, shopping, day care or anywhere else you need to go. Eligibility for ORCA LIFT is based on income. Find out if you qualify for an ORCA LIFT reduced transit fare here.

Regional Reduced Fare Permit Card

If you are 65 years or older or have a disability, you may qualify for a Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) that will allow you to ride for a reduced fare. Click here for more information.

TranBen Voucher

TranBen vouchers are distributed at some events and can be loaded onto your ORCA, ORCA LIFT, or RRFP card. Click here for instructions on how to load a TranBen voucher on to your card.

ADDITIONAL TRANSIT RESOURCES