The ORCA governing board (comprised of various transit agency CEOs) decided today to extend the free ORCA period until February 28, 2010. This is meant to speed up transactions for the rush of people trying to get ORCA cards now. Starting March 1st, it’ll be $5.
Metro has also set up a hotline for Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) holders who have questions about ORCA: (206) 205-9185. They’re also opening the service centers at 201 Jackson St. and in Westlake Station on Saturdays on January 31st and all February. And of course, online and at TVMs are a less painful option, unless you need an reduced-fare ORCA.
Three interesting factoids: 330,000 ORCA cards have been issued. There are about 400,000 Metro boardings a day, so with all the other agencies that’s probably something like one per rider. There were 86,000 ORCA boardings in December and already 154,000 this month, so the stick of ending transfers appears to have worked.