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I'm wondering how does the public transportation works?

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By Traveller January 14, 2020
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I'm wondering how does the public transportation works?

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By felix Traveller January 14, 2020

I'm travelling and my destination is Seattle! I'll be there for a week and i was wondering if there was a card or something that i can pay for unlimited bus or something like that for a week? (im 19y/o)?? I saw there was ORCA card but i just saw that u can pay like 8$ for a day unlimited but is there a fee for a full week ? thanks !!!

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HI Felix,

Sorry for my late reply. The ORCA card is always your best bet! IT costs a flat $5 fee to purchase the card, that can be done at the airport or at any of the main light rail stations. The ORCA card can be used to ride nearly every mode of public transportation. The buses, the light rail, the (2) trains, monorail, ferry...you name it the ORCA card can do it. I would recommend just doing a set amount of $$ on the card however if you think you'll spend more than $99 (unlikley if you are only here for a week) then it would be best to get a month long pass and that is completely unlimited.
Local January 20, 2020
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You can buy an ORCA card and charge it with a certain amount or you can buy a Regional Day Pass but I am not aware of weekly passes. Here is info on Regional Day Pass:
Regional Day Pass
Good for adult fares up to $3.50 when loaded on an ORCA card. For
eligible senior, disabled, low income or youth riders, the pass is good
for fares up to $1.75. Additional fare is required for one way trip fare
higher than $3.50 adult / $1.75 reduced fare. The Regional Day Pass
is valid on Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro,
King County Water Taxi, Kitsap Transit, Monorail, Pierce Transit,
Seattle Streetcar, and Sound Transit. Not valid on King County Metro
Access vans, Kitsap Transit Fast Ferries or Washington State Ferries.
Not available for Autoload.
Pass Purchase Price
$3.50 Regional All Day Pass $8
$1.75 Regional All Day Pass – Reduced Fare* $4
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Local January 14, 2020
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I don't believe there are any week-long passes, just daily or monthly. When you pay-per-trip with Orca Card ($2.75 for the bus) you get a 2-hour transfer included in the price. If paying in cash (same price), you have to use exact change and the bus driver will give you a transfer ticket—which I think lasts 1.5 hours but might be 2-hours as well. There is also a mobile app ticket which might be the most convenient option so that you don't have to purchase an Orca Card (which costs $5 and sometimes takes a few days to refill unless they have fixed their system).
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Traveller January 14, 2020
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There are two transit systems within King County and Seattle. One is known as King County Metro - one is known as Sound Transit. (We have two due to how funding for each exists.)

https://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/trip-planner/info.aspx

https://www.soundtransit.org/tripplanner

They typically will show the other's routes if that is the most efficient way to get from A to B.
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Local January 14, 2020
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Great question. There’s an easier way than using ORCA. We have the TransitGo app.

You purchase the ticket ahead of time and right before getting on, you activate it. The just flash it to the bus driver.

This works for buses as well as for the light rail!

Local January 14, 2020
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Great question. You can actually get around using the transportation app called: Transit Go.

You purchase the tickets ahead of time and then activate it right before getting on!
Local January 14, 2020
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The ORCA costs $5, but it's probably worth it for the convenience. Once you have the card you can load with whatever amount works best for you. https://seattletransitblog.com/seattle-for-visitors/
Local January 14, 2020
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