On Monday evening, the Pierce County Board of Commissioners will hold a hearing on ending sale of ticket books to the general public effective January 1.  This is obviously a casualty of the ORCA rollout, and would sadly mean the end of the buy-10-get-one-free deal these books offered.  From the press release:

Tickets would still be available for sale to human/social service providers, school districts and administrators of the Pierce County Superior Court Juror Ticket Program.

These groups would be able to purchase:

• Regular adult tickets for $1.75 each

• Discounted tickets for $0.75 each for use by youth, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities and individuals with a valid Medicare card…

Human/social service providers, schools and the Pierce County Superior Court would be required to preorder and prepay for tickets.

Board meetings usually begin at 4:00 p.m. and are held in the Main Training Room (The Rainier Room) on the first floor of Pierce Transit’s Training Center, Building 5, directly across 96th Street from our Maintenance Base.  Address: 3720 96th St SW, Lakewood, WA.

According to spokesperson Rochelle Ogershok, Metro has no plans to discontinue ticket book sales.

13 Replies to “Pierce Transit to End Sale of Ticket Books”

  1. These ticket books were a deal, no doubt. I used to buy them all the time, but as soon as I got my Orca card, I stopped buying them. The convenience of the Orca card far out ways the discount of the ticket books.

  2. I would love to see the next fare increase be for cash fares only. Current fares would remain in place for at least 6 months if paid by pass or e-purse on ORCA. This would really encourage ORCA use. The readers have been really good lately and people are getting used to the system. When passengers use ORCA correctly, it is faster than even Puget Pass.

    1. There has been an improvement with increased use, partially due to customers getting used to using them and applying the right wrist English (I still love it best when someone does a “butt dance” to put the wallet in their back pocket against the reader so they don’t have to take it out).

      I continue to be stymied (and unfairly embarassed) however by the spontaneous “out of service” errors that I still occasionally get – only correctable by waitig until I reach a layover, going outside the bus and shutting off the main battery switch to reboot all onboard systems. Meanwhile the cusomters think that *I* did something wrong – all because someone in engineering land didn’t have the foresight to put a reset button INSIDE the bus.

    2. A thought occurred to me today after watching a couple of Orca with E-purse users – I’m wondering if some of them haven’t figured out how to cheat the system by *deliberately* waving their card in front of the reader in such a way so that they register, but the reader doesn’t have time to share data with the chip in the card. By merely flicking the card in front of the reader, it registers “please try again” and most of the time drivers won’t actually ask them to try again, assuming that the reader is being cranky or just wanting to keep the flow of traffic moving off of the bus.

      Want to save money with Orca? Get an e-purse and make sure that at least some of the time you don’t fully tap your card. Free ride.

  3. Sure it was a deal, but I do love my ORCA (and coming soon for me: ORCA, Jr) :)

    Of course, for us transit junkies, ticket books don’t cut it but I have some tickets when I would try to get my folks to ride (no luck – my dad is too car stubborn, anyone have any ideas?)

      1. Sell the damn car out from under him!
        Seriously, take him for a Link ride – on my most recent Link trip a couple in their 20s had his parents along for their first ride and they were loving it.

    1. Buy ORCA cards for them while they are still free and add value to them online before encouraging them to take a ride somewhere wonderful!

      1. When I come out to the area this Christmas, I’m dragging my stepmother to Tulalip Casino using the bus (might try to fit a Link trip in – this would be my first Link trip too). We’re going to start at Lakewood Station (don’t want to miss that last 592 from Seattle).

  4. Cash Fares and transfer rights vs. ORCA fares and transfer rights should always be the same. You shouldent “punish” users of one form of farepayment over another, especally considering that ORCA really has a limited availbility (Online/Mail order, or in person at the customer service offices, very select grocery stores, or a TVM along link or sounder(?)). IMO, you should be able to purchase them, and service them nearly anywhere (ALL major grocery stores, 24/7 phone support, and vending machines at ALL major transit facilities and P&R lots). Until you reach that point you shouldent give one payment method exclusive privlage over another.

  5. There’s no reason why we can’t reinstitute such deals after all the kinks are worked out for ORCA.

    When adding cash, it could be add $20 (10 x $2.00) and get $24 in fares (two free trips), or something along those lines.

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