ORCA pass transition means free bus, Washington State Ferries rides

ORCA, the pass system that transit riders use to pay fares on buses and ferries around Puget Sound, is getting a refresh.

The new system will launch on Monday, with a new website and smartphone app, and as part of the transition, transit agencies in the region will not collect fares over the weekend, according to an announcement from transit officials. The fare-free weekend runs from 3 am Saturday to 2:29 am Monday.

Current card holders will not lose any existing funds that have been loaded into their accounts during the transition and will not need to get a new card but will want to register their card under a new account at myORCA.com starting on Monday. Existing autoload configurations will expire, so users will need to set those links up again.

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