I was paying $14 a month for my Orca card at my magazine job. That’s a solid deal;  I was able to take the bus or light rail any time I wanted without having to worry about putting more money on the card.

Otherwise, you have to regularly add fare; most light rail rides are between $2.35 and $2.50— and it costs $3.00 to get from Capitol Hill to the airport. (It costs $5.00 up front to get a card.) That would have worked out to about $90 a month to take light rail to and from work every day.

The bus costs $2.50.

Here’s the news: My Orca card is free at my new city job.

I panicked for a moment when I went to the information counter at Muni Tower to pick up my card on my second day of work; the employee form specified that Orca cards were for work trips.

But a follow-up sentence indicated that you could also use it for “incidental” personal use after hours too.

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Urbanist Seattle City Council member Rob Johnson is pushing to make Orca cards free for public school students.

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