You don’t need a car to get around! Traveling by bus, train, or ferry can save you money and reduce stress, traffic congestion, and environmental impact. Learn about the different types of public transportation and get information on trip planning, schedules, and fares.
The ORCA card is an easy way to pay your fare without having to carry cash. Use your ORCA card on Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, and Washington State Ferries, as well as on Monorail and Seattle Streetcar. You can load funds online or in person at ticket vending machines and the ORCA customer service office.
County and city transit authorities operate different local bus systems. Find one that serves your area and get information on routes, schedules, and fares.
Light Rail, Express Buses, and Commuter Trains
Sound Transit is an intercity transit system that operates the Link light rail, Sounder commuter trains, and ST Express buses. These modes of travel are great for commuters who want to avoid the hassle of traffic.
Hop on a train for a more scenic way to travel. Amtrak Cascades is the rail line serving the Pacific Northwest. Its tracks run parallel to the I-5 corridor from Vancouver, British Columbia, south to Eugene, Oregon.
Due to our numerous waterways and islands, you can experience one of the most unique forms of public transportation. Learn more about ferry terminals and routes, schedules, tickets, and vehicle reservations.
Did you know? Washington State Ferries is the largest public ferry system currently operating in the U.S.
Paratransit Services and Other Accommodations
Public transportation has options for riders with disabilities that make it difficult to use existing fixed-route buses or trains. Paratransit services are usually door-to-door shared rides with flexibility in scheduling and routing. You need to apply with your local transit agency and be eligible before you can request rides.
Apply to Your Local Transit Agency to Access Paratransit Rides
Each transit system has its own application process and specific eligibility criteria for paratransit.
Joint Paratransit Agreement
If you use paratransit in your county, it is possible that you are automatically eligible for service in another nearby county through a “joint agreement” between transit agencies. Learn about the counties that participate in these “joint agreements.”
Request a Reasonable Accommodation or Modification
If paratransit services are unable to meet your needs, you can make a request for a reasonable modification of a transit agency’s policies or procedures.
File an ADA Complaint
If you believe you’ve been discriminated against by a public transit agency, you can file a complaint with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). You are also encouraged to file a complaint with your local transit agency.
Park and Rides
Don’t live within walking or biking distance of a bus or rail line? You can drive to a park and ride to catch a bus or train.