A regional fare system? Now we’re talkin’!

Metro, Sound Transit and the other major Puget Sound transit agencies (Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Everett Transit, Kitsap Transit, and Washington State Ferries) are testing a smart-card-based, agency-agnostic, electronic fare system. Hallelujah!

Smart card users can purchase passes on their card or store funds in an electronic purse (“e-purse”) for use in traveling across systems that have different fares.

After my recent fare-related incident on the 550, I’m hoping it will let you do both: buy a pass for your regular commute and keep money in your “e-purse” for when you take a higher-fare trip.

If you want to help test the system this fall, sign up by October 20th.

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