- Getting Around
How to Ride
2. Find your route number. The map shows the streets your bus travels. The timetable lists major bus stops to help you estimate when the bus will be at your stop (see below).
3. Please have your fare ready Use your ORCA card, an All Day Pass, a single ride ticket, or exact cash. Bus drivers carry no change. Read about fares and passes.
Need more than one bus to get to your destination?
Pierce Transit's All Day Pass is very convenient - pay just once to ride all day until 2:59am (end of service day). It's good for unlimited rides on local Pierce Transit service only (not valid on SHUTTLE, Sound Transit, nor other agencies' services.) This pass is available to purchase any day of the week, using exact cash, right on board the bus. The PT All Day Pass costs $5.00 for adults, $2.50 for Youth (ages 6-18), and $2.50 for Seniors or individuals with disabilities who show a valid Regional Reduced Fare Permit when boarding. Passengers using an ORCA card may load a Pierce Transit All Day Pass wherever ORCA cards are revalued.
Note As Of December 8, 2014:
Paper transfers are no longer issued or accepted on Pierce Transit buses. However, transferring is easy with an ORCA card. Transfers are automatic with either a pass or E-purse on an ORCA card. Your transfer credit expires two hours after you first tap your card on board the bus. It is valid on or between Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, King County Metro, Kitsap Transit, Community Transit and Everett Transit.
If paying in full with the E-purse on an ORCA card, you’ll pay the first fare when you tap your card on the bus. Your transfer credit will be automatically calculated, valid toward fares on connecting bus or train trips within two hours. If the second fare is higher, your E-purse will be charged the difference. If the balance in your E-purse is too low, you can pay with cash.
If you’re paying with a regional pass on ORCA, and the fare on your connecting bus or train is higher than your pass’ value, the difference will be deducted automatically from your E-purse. If the balance in your E-purse is too low, pay with cash (on a bus).
4. Ask your driver for the stop closest to your destination. When you’re a block away, push the yellow push button strip or pull the bell cord. You will hear a message that says “stop requested” and will be let off at the next stop.
5. Call 253.581.8000 if there’s a place you don’t know how to reach by bus. A Customer Service Representative will be happy to help you. Or check out the Trip Planner.
6. Reading a Timetable is Easy: Here are a couple of tips: Reading left to right follows the flow of the bus along the route. Reading down a column shows all the buses that come to a specific location during the day.