Effective July 1, 2013, King County Metro Transit will discontinue the sale of Metro ticketbooks to the general public and will move to ORCA cards and cash as its primary forms of fare payment.
Metro Online, mail and phone orders for ticketbooks must be received at Metro no later than June 25, 2013. No orders after that date will be fulfilled.
Those retailers who currently sell Metro ticketbooks to the public will have them available through June 30, 2013. There will be no tickets available for sale at any location after that date. Metro ticketbooks do not have an expiration date, and will remain valid on King County Metro Transit for their stated fare value.
If you wish to purchase an ORCA card, there are several card options available:
- Adult (ages 19 to 64)
- Youth (ages 6 to 18)
- Senior* (age 65 or older)
* Senior and Disabled cards require that you meet eligibility criteria. Some regional transit systems accept the ORCA card for paratransit services. Contact your local transit agency for more information.
Ordering an ORCA card is easy and costs only $5. Then you just add value and tap at an ORCA card reader to start using.
There are many different ways to buy an ORCA card and add value:
- Online: Purchase Adult cards, add value to any card and set up an Autoload.
- Mail: Purchase Adult and Youth cards and add value to any card. Print the mail-in form. Include proof of age for a Youth card.
- ORCA Customer Service Offices: Purchase Adult and Youth ORCA cards, Senior and Disabled ORCA RRFP cards, add value and get questions answered. Note that Senior and Disabled ORCA RRFP cards require that you meet eligibility criteria.
- Retailers: Purchase new Adult cards and add value to any ORCA card.
- Phone: 888-988-6722 / TTY Relay: 711. Purchase new Adult cards, add value to all card types and get personal assistance.
- Ticket Vending Machines: Purchase new Adult cards, add value to all card types and use immediately.