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Old 11-04-2011, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Berlin, Germany
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I was wondering if anyone could answer the following question:

I have an Orca card of the kind you prepay with a certain amount of money and then every time you ride a bus the fare is deducted from the card, so I haven't got the monthly ticket on the card.

Occasionally I ride the SLU trolley which doesn't have any Orca card readers. I know that if you have a monthly ticket Orca card you can use it to ride the Trolley and just keep the card in your pocket. Very occasionally there are ticket inspectors who will then check it.

Does anyone know how it works with the prepay-Orca card? Since there are no readers I can't use it to pay. I just spoke to Metro CS and the guy didn't know, then spoke to somebody else and said you can use it and when an inspector comes you swipe the card on his machine. This would mean though that you only pay on the trollet if an inspector comes on which only happens very rarely. Sounds very strange to me.

Is anybody here who uses a prepay Orca on the SLU trolley and has been checked by an inspector? Did you have any trouble with them?

Thanks
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Old 11-07-2011, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Berlin, Germany
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Really no Trolley riders with prepay Orcas here? (You see, I am avoiding the infamous trolley acronym here )
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Old 11-07-2011, 04:37 PM
 
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Perhaps you should use the acronym

The only information I could find on that is through this link (which is a couple years old) ORCA passes now accepted on **** - Seattle Transit Blog However, if they haven't yet set up orca readers, I can only assume that they are still assuming possession of the Orca card as proof of purchase.

Perhaps look at the FB: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=166778866683285&topic=398 (broken link)
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Old 11-07-2011, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Berlin, Germany
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Thanks for that link . It seems like they had planned to put Readers on the platforms but that still hasn't happened. According to this link as an 'e-purse' Orca user you can't use your card officially...which is not in line with what the CS guy told me...so that doesn't really get rid of the confucison I guess I'll just riding on it until I come across a ticket inspector, see what happens. I should have recorded the CS phone call for reference...
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:09 AM
 
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Your Orca card alone is POP.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Berlin, Germany
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Your Orca card alone is POP.
Thanks, are you confident this includes 'e-purse' Orcas, not just the usual ones with the monthly tickets on them?
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:41 AM
 
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Thanks, are you confident this includes 'e-purse' Orcas, not just the usual ones with the monthly tickets on them?
Yes.
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA! Finally! :D
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Your Orca card alone is POP.
This! I was visiting again last weekend and an inspector was there. I just showed him my Orca card and that was it. I'm guessing they just presume you have funds on it

Oh and mine's e-purse. So excited my move is only six months away!
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Berlin, Germany
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Thanks very much for letting us know, e-purse it is from now on on the SLU trolley :-)
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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The South Lake Union Streetcar (SLUS, is that the acronym you meant?) is owned by the city of Seattle, but operated and maintained by Metro/King County. The city pays Metro, so Metro will collect money per their agreement with the city. Part of that agreement is to provide fare inspectors, but since Metro will get money no matter what, I don't imagine they're quite as gung ho on it as if it were their own and not the city's.
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