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What is ORCA?

ORCA (One Regional Card for All), is a transit pass program that uses smart card technology. ORCA is accepted for travel on Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Community Transit, Everett Transit, and Washington State Ferries. With ORCA, individuals or businesses can purchase different monthly regional PugetPasses or load a dollar amount into an “e-purse” account. Users then simply tap their card at an ORCA card reader, and their pass product is recognized or the fare is automatically deducted from their e-purse account. ORCA gives your business a convenient way to provide bus, train, ferry, or vanpool benefits to your employees.

There are two ORCA account options available for businesses:

ORCA Business Choice – Business Choice allows employers to load a specific dollar amount or any PugetPass onto their employees’ ORCA cards at retail pricing on a monthly basis. This option allows the employer the flexibility to subsidize as much or as little of their employee’s transportation costs, for as few or as many of their employees as they want.

ORCA Business Passport – Business Passport is a deeply discounted comprehensive annual transportation pass program for employers with 20-499 employees (minimum of 5 employees for downtown Tacoma businesses due to the designation of a Growth and Transportation Efficiency Center). Custom Passport is also available for companies over 500 employees. Business Passport includes unlimited travel on all Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Community Transit, and Everett Transit services (with a ferry add-on option) 100% vanpool subsidies, and Emergency Ride Home (ERH) taxi service. With this option employers must purchase Business Passport for all benefits eligible employees, but can share up to 50% of the annual cost with employees. For pricing and to see how Business Passport works Click Here.

Benefits to Employer:
  • ORCA transit pass programs are a competitive employee benefit that allows you to attract and retain the best employees.
  • ORCA business accounts are easy to administer; you can load products, order new cards, and block lost or stolen cards all online.
  • Providing easy access to transit supports sustainability goals and helps free up valuable parking for customers and clients.
Benefits to Employee:
  • Tax-free or company subsidized transit passes allow employees to get to work affordably, conveniently and sustainably.
  • Taking transit reduces employees’ stress and allows them to utilize their commute time more efficiently by reading, checking email, or just relaxing.
  • One easy-to-use card provides access to many different modes of transportation.

Pierce Transit Employer Services staff is happy to meet with your company and provide an overview of the ORCA business account options, give detailed cost comparisons, identify tax benefits, share additional incentives offered to partnering businesses, and answer any questions about employee transit programs.

For additional information or to set up an in person visit, contact: Sharon Stockwell, Employer Services Coordinator at 253.581.8112 or sstockwell@piercetransit.org





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Trip Planner Tips - Entering Locations

To create a trip plan you need to enter both a starting location (origin) and an ending location (destination). For information about stops, schedules, or service at a specific location, you only need to enter one location.

The Trip Planner recognizes most street intersections and addresses as well as many landmarks in Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties. If what you entered is not immediately recognized, the Trip Planner will offer you a list of options. You can choose one of the options, but if your intended location is not there, select the "Revise Original Entries" link to return to the entry page and change the entries you have already made.

Addresses

  • You don't need to type in the city along with the address. The Trip Planner shows the possible city names as options if needed. City names are based on zip codes.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., or Avenue, or similar street types. The Trip Planner shows the possible alternatives as options if needed. (Example: type 110 Jones instead of 110 Jones Boulevard.)
  • You don't need to type in the directional designations for streets, but if a direction name is part of a street name, you should include it. (Example: type 1000 Main instead of 1000 S Main. But type 1000 West Viewmont for 1000 West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets and addresses are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby location, such as an intersection or a landmark.
  • You should not enter the suite number or apartment number.  Just the house number and street name (Example: type in 401 Broadway instead of 401 Broadway Avenue Suite 800).

Intersections

  • The "&" symbol is the only character used between two street names to show an intersection. (Examples: 1st & B, James & Madison)
  • You don't need to type in the city. The Trip Planner shows the possible city names as options if needed. City names are based on zip codes.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., or Avenue, or similar street types. The Trip Planner shows the possible alternatives as options if needed. (Example: type Conifer & Jones instead of Conifer Circle & Jones Boulevard.)
  • You don't need to type in the directional designations for streets, but if a direction name is part of a street name, you should include it. (Example: type 3rd & Main instead of 3rd S & S Main. But type 34th & West Viewmont for 34th W & West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby intersection or a landmark.

Landmarks

Government Sites: Pierce County Health Dept, Pierce Co Sheriffs Office, Tacoma City Hall

Major Commercial Sites: Tacoma Mall, Sheraton Hotel

Transportation Facilities: Sea-Tac Airport, Greyhound Bus Depot

Schools & Colleges: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College

Sports & Leisure: Cheney Stadium, Pt Defiance Zoo

Medical Facilities: Group Health, Tacoma General Hospital


 

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