King County transit authorities are urging Seattleites to adopt ORCA cards for the new year before other forms of payment become obsolete, according to The Seattle Times.
The smart cards, which are expected to be completely phased in over the next year, will replace some 300 different forms of ticketing in the Puget Sound region.
250,000 cards are currently in circulation in Seattle and account for 100,000 trips made daily. Successful holiday sales suggest this number with rise rapidly in the next few months.
ORCA cards are currently available for purchase online or at several retail locations in Seattle, like Saar’s Market Place stores.
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