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PIERCE TRANSIT PROPOSING PHASED REVISIONS TO FARE POLICY

Pierce Transit is proposing a series of phased revisions to its fares which are designed to increase farebox recovery, minimize fare evasion, and promote driver and passenger safety. The proposed revisions are an outcome of a comprehensive Fare Study and data gathered from focus groups with riders, transit operators and service supervisors.

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Fares & Transfers


Bus Fares

Good any time of day. Place exact change in the farebox next to the driver, use a ticket or use your ORCA card.

FARES Adult Fare *Youth Fare **Discounted Fare
Local PT Service (one ride) $2.00 $0.75 $0.75
Monthly Regional Pass $72 $27 $27


* Ages 6 - 18. Children 5 and younger ride free with fare-paying passenger.


**To be eligible for Discounted Fare, passenger must be a senior, have a disability or be a Medicare Card holder. Must show Regional Reduced Fare Permit.


Weekend All-Day Pass

Weekend All-Day Passes are good for unlimited rides on local Pierce Transit service on the day the pass is purchased. The cost is two times your regular one-way fare. Weekend All-Day Passes can be purchased on all PT buses on weekends, and on any holiday that PT operates Saturday or Sunday service. Tell your driver you want to buy a Weekend All-Day Pass and put the appropriate cash fare in the farebox. Your pass will actually be an uncut bus transfer. Show the transfer whenever you board a PT bus and ride as much as you like. Weekend All-Day Passes are valid on Pierce Transit only.



Transfers

Local Paper Transfers are issued to PT riders using cash or tickets; they are valid for the local Pierce Transit fare paid. Transfers are good for one hour past the scheduled arrival time at the end of the route, and can be used only on Pierce Transit buses.

An ORCA E-Purse fare automatically gives you a transfer good for two hours from when you tap your card.

Pierce Transit ORCA transfers have a value of $2.00 ($0.75 for Discounted or Youth) toward transfers between bus systems (Metro, Sound Transit, etc)



Ticket Books

Pierce Transit Ticket books are not available to the general public. They are only available to certified human services agencies. For more information or to see if your agency qualifies, call 253.983.2727 or 253.581.8031. Accredited agencies may purchase their ticket books by clicking button below.

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ORCA Cards

ORCA smart cards simplify fares and transfers. You can use an ORCA card like cash to pay your bus fare. The card has an Electronic Purse (E-Purse) that stores cash fare value. Your ORCA Card can be used for the fare that covers the trips you take most often. When you take a bus with a higher fare, just pay the difference with cash or E-purse. You can store value from $5 to $300 on your ORCA card.

Your monthly pass is loaded on an ORCA card (the card itself has a one-time $5 purchase fee), which can be purchased online, by phone (1-888-988-6722; TTY relay: 711), at participating retailers or in person at Pierce Transit's Bus Shop.

For a limited time, you may also add a Regional All Day Pass to an adult ORCA card. The pass costs $9 and allows you to take unlimited rides for that day on trips with a fare of $4 or less. Learn more at orcacard.com.

If you've already used ORCA's All Day Pass, please share your thoughts by taking a short survey HERE.



summer youth pass

Discounts for Youth

18 OR YOUNGER? GET YOUR SUMMER YOUTH PASS BEGINNING MAY 15TH!

Year round, youth 18 and younger are eligible for Pierce Transit’s youth fare of 75¢ cash and our $27 youth fare monthly pass. If you are a teenager, please carry an ID that shows your age. The bus operator may need to confirm that you are eligible.

For summertime savings, any youth can load a PT Summer Youth Pass on a youth ORCA card, valid for unlimited rides on local Pierce Transit service June 1st through August 31st, for only $36.

There are two ways to get a youth ORCA card, and a $5 fee will be charged for the card itself:

  • Visit a Customer Service Office: bring the youth along and provide proof of age only if it is not obvious that the youth is under 19. Or, if the youth is not present, you can just bring proof of age.
  • Order by Mail: simply download an order form at orcacard.com. Print the online ORCA card order form, check the "Youth ORCA Card" option including birth date, and indicate "Pierce Transit Summer Youth Pass $36." Include a copy of proof of age for the youth when you mail in the form and payment.

Or, if you already have a youth ORCA card, you may load a Summer Youth Pass online, at ticket vending machines, a Bus Shop, or at a participating retailer.


Regional Reduced Fare Permit

Discounts for seniors, individuals with a disability and Medicare Card holders: if you are 65 or older, have a qualifying doctor-verified disability, or have a Medicare card you may ride for a discounted fare. You must show a valid Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) when paying a discounted fare.

Regional Reduced Fare Permit applications and permits are available at Pierce Transit's Bus Shop. All permits are $3. Please bring proof of age, S.S. I. disability award letter, VA paperwork with 40% or more disability, a valid Medicare card, or a Washington Department of Licensing issued identification card for a disabled parking placard and another government photo ID. Individuals with disabilities who qualify for the reduced fare must get an ORCA Regional Reduced Fare Permit in person at the Bus Shop. Seniors (65 or older) may get an ORCA RRFP by mail with proof of age, or in person at the Bus Shop, with proof of age.

Download the application as a pdf HERE

More RRFP information:

2013 RRFP Brochure
This document outlines who’s eligible, what it costs, how long it ‘s valid, where you can use it, etc. Download Here

RRFP Medical Eligibility Criteria and Conditions.
An in-depth look at what qualifies a person to use the Regional Reduced Fare Permit, plus all the information in the brochure AND the application, all in one convenient package. Download Here


SHUTTLE

FARES Discounted
SHUTTLE Fare
Monthly
SHUTTLE Pass
Local PT Service (one ride) $0.75 $27


SHUTTLE Pass

SHUTTLE passengers may pay fares with cash or a monthly pass, but not with an ORCA card. SHUTTLE vans are not ORCA-equipped. SHUTTLE Passes are for use by registered SHUTTLE customers only (see eligibility requirements). Passes are valid from the first to the last of the month. They are valid only on SHUTTLE or Pierce Transit local service. For more information about SHUTTLE passes, call 253.983.2727 or 253.581.8031

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Trip Planner Help

Trip Planner Tips - Entering Locations

To create a trip plan you need to enter both a starting location (origin) and an ending location (destination). For information about stops, schedules, or service at a specific location, you only need to enter one location.

The Trip Planner recognizes most street intersections and addresses as well as many landmarks in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties. If what you entered is not immediately recognized, the Trip Planner will offer you a list of options. You can choose one of the options, but if your intended location is not there, select the "Revise Original Entries" link to return to the entry page and change the entries you have already made.

Addresses

  • You don't need to type in the city along with the address. The Trip Planner shows the possible city names as options if needed. City names are based on zip codes.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., or Avenue, or similar street types. The Trip Planner shows the possible alternatives as options if needed. (Example: type 110 Jones instead of 110 Jones Boulevard.)
  • You don't need to type in the directional designations for streets, but if a direction name is part of a street name, you should include it. (Example: type 1000 Main instead of 1000 S Main. But type 1000 West Viewmont for 1000 West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets and addresses are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby location, such as an intersection or a landmark.
  • You should not enter the suite number or apartment number.  Just the house number and street name (Example: type in 401 Broadway instead of 401 Broadway Avenue Suite 800).

Intersections

  • The "&" symbol is the only character used between two street names to show an intersection. (Examples: 1st & B, James & Madison)
  • You don't need to type in the city. The Trip Planner shows the possible city names as options if needed. City names are based on zip codes.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., or Avenue, or similar street types. The Trip Planner shows the possible alternatives as options if needed. (Example: type Conifer & Jones instead of Conifer Circle & Jones Boulevard.)
  • You don't need to type in the directional designations for streets, but if a direction name is part of a street name, you should include it. (Example: type 3rd & Main instead of 3rd S & S Main. But type 34th & West Viewmont for 34th W & West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby intersection or a landmark.

Landmarks

Government Sites: Pierce County Health Dept, Pierce Co Sheriffs Office, Tacoma City Hall

Major Commercial Sites: Tacoma Mall, Sheraton Hotel

Transportation Facilities: Sea-Tac Airport, Greyhound Bus Depot

Schools & Colleges: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College

Sports & Leisure: Cheney Stadium, Pt Defiance Zoo

Medical Facilities: Group Health, Tacoma General Hospital


 

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