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Puget Sound Agencies Launch Visitor Day Pass Pilot Program

Puget Sound area public transit agencies recently began a six-month pilot program for its Visitor Day Pass, which allows riders to travel by bus, train, streetcar, or water taxi all day for a single price. Passengers who already have the ORCA regional smart card can load one or more days’ worth of passes onto the reusable card.

The ORCA partners includes Community Transit, Everett Transit, Kitsap Transit, King County Metro Transit, Pierce Transit, and Sound Transit; Washington State Ferries, which is also part of ORCA, does not accept the day pass.

The regional day pass costs $9 and provides unlimited trips when the fare is $4 or less. It will be marketed to hotels and other businesses that focus on tourists and out-of-town visitors. Local residents can also purchase the day pass.

“With the launch of this pilot day pass, we’re joining many other world-class transit regions that are meeting the needs of both regular riders and visitors,” said Kevin Desmond, ORCA Joint Board vice chair and King County Metro general manager. “We hope this new transit product will benefit the thousands of tourists who flock to our region each year looking for affordable and convenient ways to see the sights.”

When the pilot period ends, the participating agencies will evaluate usage to determine if they will continue the program.
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