ORCA and Zipcar Coming to PLU

In June 2010, the university will transition its transit benefit to ORCA (One Regional Card for All) and will begin offering annual transit passes to all benefits eligible faculty and staff. Once approved for the benefit, the faculty or staff member will receive their ORCA card already preloaded with an annual pass good from June through May. Although the majority of the annual cost will be covered by the university, a small fee will be charged to the faculty/staff member.

ORCA is a collaborative regional fare system involving seven Western Washington public transportation agencies – Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and Washington State Ferries. The annual pass provided by the university will include unlimited rides on the 6 transit agencies. A ferry pass can be added at the individual’s expense. ORCA is a fare payment card that uses smart chip technology. The card is swiped at the card
reader which allows riders to move smoothly between seven public transportation systems, with no worries about different fares, lost tickets or misplaced transfers. General information is available on the ORCA website at http://www.orcacard.com.

Zipcar, a car sharing program, will be coming to PLU this fall. The cars will be available for personal and/or business use. Contact Gretchen in Human Resources at ext. 7185 with questions. More information specific to PLU will be provided in the coming months.

-PLU Good Fit Article


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