Although its practical impact has likely been minimal, one might find it a bit sloppy that the Seattle Streetcar has no way to properly accommodate ORCA cards, so that fare inspectors must accept the mere presence of one as a valid fare. SDOT’s Ethan Melone confirms that those days are soon gone.
For the South Lake Union line, here is timeline:
1. Prep Work – Brackets (By SDOT Structures), ORCA Post/Baseplate/Conduit (SDOT Signal) – Completed end of March
2. Router Cabinets/Final Wiring – Completed April
3. Metro Testing/Startup – May
The First Hill Streetcar will open with ORCA support later this year.