This Thursday, the Bus and the Stranger are giving you a chance to meet your future city council. This month’s Washington Buzz will feature every declared candidate, all itching to meet you. Yes, all of them.
It’s going to be the same great Buzz you know and love, just with added zest. And no, there won’t be any speeches or grandstanding, just a chance for you to get the inside scoop from the folks who are going to be leading the city in the years to come.
We. Shall. See. You. There.
The Washington Buzz – City Council Spectacular
April 23rd, 6-8pm
Moe Bar (1425 10th Ave)
If you’ve ridden Metro, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, or any other of the central Puget Sound transportation networks, you’ve probably seen an odd little box right by the front door of your bus. The box doesn’t do anything, but it does say “ORCA” right on it.
Let the confusion end. Today, ORCA is going active. And what it does (or rather, hopes to do) is pretty ambitious.
In essense, ORCA (which stands for One Regional Card for All) is a farecard that is good on seven of the largest transit networks, smooths the transfer process, and has a microchip that allows you to pay by waving it at that weird box at the front of your bus.
Assuming it works smoothly (a big if), it will make your transit experience much, much smoother. Today marks the very first formal step towards implementation, and you’ll be seeing more of ORCA around in the weeks and months to come.