From Transit.Wiki

ORCA (One Regional Card for All) is a smart card fare-payment system for the Puget Sound region. As a smart card system, ORCA cards are capable to store cash (stored transit value) and passes depending on agency.

ORCA web site

ORCA card is accepted by the following agencies. Some offer passes for the card and others only accept stored values for now:

Card features

  • Riders can use the same card to transfer between different operators. With pass and funds in e-purse, the card can automatically pay the fare difference beyond what the pass covers.
  • Riders can purchase passes online.
  • By registering the card, a rider can recover the pass or value in case of the card is loss or stolen. $5 replacement fee is required.

Card drawbacks

  • Card costs $5
  • Two people cannot use the same card
  • If the card is not working (not the reader), the rider must pay cash fare

Where to get cards

Reduced Fare Permit

Special ORCA cards for seniors and disabled (also known as Reduced Fare Permit) allow discounted fares to be charged. Submit a completed application to any of the participating agency. Cost is $3.

  • King County Metro Transit
  • Community Transit
  • Everett Transit
  • Pierce Transit
  • Intercity Transit
  • Jefferson Transit
  • Skagit Transit
  • Kitsap Transit
  • Sound Transit
  • Mason Transit
  • Washington State Ferries

Youth ORCA cards

Youth (age 6 to 18) requires proof of age. May be ordered by mail. Card cost is $5.

How to add pass or value

Regardless of where you get the card, you can always add value to your card through:

If you choose to add value through the web site, it would take up to 48 hours for the values to show up on the reader.

How to pay with the card

Simply tap the card on the ORCA reader onboard buses or at stations and hold it for a beep.