ORCA Making Big Splash TuesdaySeptember 14th, 2009 by ed friedrich
Although it’s been available on a limited basis since last spring, the ORCA card will be introduced with a “Big Splash” event Tuesday in Seattle. It starts at 9:30 a.m. at the southern end of Amtrak’s Holgate Street yard.
ORCA stands for One Regional Card for All. The limited rollout period for the new electronic fare system has ended, and partner agencies will be phasing out their other transit passes and launching a major promotional campaign. There are seven partner agencies, including Kitsap Transit and Washington State Ferries.
ORCA will replace about 300 various passes, tickets and transfers with a single card that works by tapping it on a reader device.
Over the past four months, more riders have been added to the system so that there are now more than 100,000 cards in circulation.