Community Transit taking comments on simplified fares

Proposed fare structure aims to prepare for next generation electronic payment system
Aug 30, 2017
Courtesy of: Sound Transit A Sound Transit customer uses an ORCA card to pay for bus service.

Community Transit is proposing a policy change that would simplify the fare structure on commuter routes. If approved, this simplified fare structure would take effect in summer 2018.

Community Transit, along with other Puget Sound transit agencies, is working to develop a new electronic fare payment system that will eventually replace the current One Regional Card for All (ORCA) smart-card system, which has been in place since 2009. The new system, called the Next Generation ORCA Project (ngORCA), is planned to replace the aging ORCA system in 2021.

To simplify the fare structure, Community Transit is considering removal of zone-based fares. This change would eliminate fare overrides on the 400 and 800 series commuter routes.

Under the proposed fare policy change, for example, customers would pay the same fare – the “Commuter – North/East” fare – whether riding Route 421 from Marysville to Seattle or from Lynnwood to Seattle. Likewise, customers riding Route 416 from the Edmonds Ferry to Highway 99 or all the way to Seattle will always pay the “Commuter – South/Everett” fare.

Customers who use the override feature have lower fare alternatives on other local and commuter routes. For example, instead of taking Route 421 from Marysville to Lynnwood, a customer can take Routes 201 or 202 to make the same trip at the “Local” Fare. And, instead of taking Route 416 from the Edmonds Ferry to Highway 99, a customer can take Route 130 at the “Local” fare.

More information about this proposal and additional examples of how the proposal would affect routes is available at


Public comment

The public is invited to comment on this fare change proposal through Sept. 11.

Comments may be made in-person during the public hearing held at the Board of Directors meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. The meeting takes place in the Board Room at 7100 Hardeson Rd. in Everett.

Public comment may also be made by calling (425) 353-RIDE (7433), emailing, or on Twitter – @MyCommTrans – and Facebook –

Comments (1)
Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Aug 30, 2017 15:11



Sound Transit and Community Transit are two VERY different entities!  BIG typo!

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