Fares & Transfers
Good any time of day. Place exact change in the farebox next to the driver, use a ticket, ORCA card, or Passage: Transit Ticketing app.
|FARES||Adult Fare||*Youth Fare||**Discounted Fare|
|Local PT Service (one ride)
Pay onboard; available also on Passage: Transit Ticketing
|Local PT Service - All Day Pass
Available onboard, on ORCA, and on Passage: Transit Ticketing
|Local PT Service - 30 Day Pass
Available on Passage Transit Ticketing
|Local PT Service - Monthly Pass
Available on ORCA
|Monthly Regional Pass
Available on ORCA
* Effective September 1, 2022, youth 18 and younger ride free on all Pierce Transit services. Youth 13 and older are encouraged to tap their Youth ORCA card, or show their current high school or middle school student ID when boarding the bus, if they have one of these cards along. Learn more at PierceTransit.org/FreeYouthPass.
**To be eligible for Discounted Fare, passenger must be a senior (age 65+), have a disability or be a Medicare Card holder. Must show Regional Reduced Fare Permit.
PIERCE TRANSIT ALL DAY PASS
Transferring is easy with an ORCA card. Transfers are automatic with either a pass or E-purse on an ORCA card. Your transfer credit in E-purse 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.
Human Service Agency Tickets and Passes
Certified Human Services Agencies (HSA’s) may purchase paper One Ride Tickets and paper All Day Passes. Certified HSA’s that are tax-exempt under IRS subsection 501(c)(3) may qualify for a 50% discount. For more information or to see if your agency qualifies, call 253.581.8000, option 1, then 1 again or download a certification form. Certified HSA’s may order their One Ride Tickets or All Day Passes by clicking the button below.
ORCA smart cards simplify fares and transfers. ORCA offers a variety of regional passes, and also“agency-specific” passes for use on just one agency’s services. Most ORCA passes are valid for unlimited rides within a specific timeframe. You can also use an ORCA card like cash to pay your bus fare. The card has an Electronic Purse (E-Purse) that stores fare value. Your ORCA card can be used for the fare that covers the trips you take most often. If you have a regional pass loaded on your card, when you take a bus or train with a higher fare, just pay the difference with E-purse. You can store value from $5 to $400 on your ORCA card.
Your monthly pass or All Day Pass is loaded on an ORCA card, which can be purchased online, on the myORCA app, by phone (1-888-988-6722; TTY relay: 711), at participating retailers or in person at Pierce Transit's Bus Shop. Your first youth ORCA card or RRFP ORCA card is free, and replacement cards cost $3 each. For adult ORCA cards, your first card and replacement cards cost $3 each.
There are several ways to get a youth ORCA card:
- For students, ask if one is available at your school's office.
- 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 online: Visit myORCA.com. If you have questions call Pierce Transit Customer Service at 253.581.8000, Option 1
- Order by mail: download an order form. Print the form and check the “Youth ORCA Card” option including birth date. Include a copy of proof of age for the youth
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. The initial card will be free. A replacement card will be $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 is 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
Secure Parking Areas (SPA's) in Tacoma for Bikes
Secure, covered bike parking is available in three locations. Rental fee is $8 per quarter or $25 per year.
- Tacoma Dome Station* - Puyallup Ave & East G Street, lower level between the two garages.
Operated by Pierce Transit. Call 253.581.8000, select 1 for Customer Service, then 1 again for Fixed Route Bus Service for details. [DOWNLOAD RENTAL AGREEMENT]
|Pierce Transit's SHUTTLE Service (one ride)||$1.75||$63|
Virtual SHUTTLE Pass
SHUTTLE passengers may pay fares with cash, One Ride ticket or a Virtual SHUTTLE Pass. The Virtual SHUTTLE Pass is valid only on SHUTTLE, not Pierce Transit local buses. Virtual 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. Passengers who ride fixed route buses should not purchase a Virtual SHUTTLE Pass; instead, Monthly Pass loaded on an ORCA card, cash, or a One Ride ticket should be used. For more information, call 253.581.8000 Option 1, then Option 3.
*Note: Registered SHUTTLE passengers 18 and younger ride free beginning September 1, 2022.