One of the things that will make RapidRide faster than regular bus service is the fare payment system.
RapidRide buses have three doors—at the front, middle, and back—to speed up getting on and off the bus.
If you pay with cash or fare tickets, you’ll still have to board through the front door and pay. At bus stops without ORCA readers, you’ll have to board through the front door to use an ORCA card as well.
But during the day (6 a.m. to 7 p.m.), you can hop on the bus through any door if you have a valid transfer from another bus or have already paid with an ORCA card at a RapidRide station card reader.
Fare inspectors will board RapidRide buses from time to time and check to make sure that all passengers have proof of payment.
If you pay with cash or tickets, you’ll get a transfer as proof of payment. If you have a valid transfer from another bus, that’s your proof of payment.
If you pay with an ORCA card, either on the bus or at a RapidRide station, the fare inspectors will check your ORCA card with a portable reader to verify the payment.
Metro has launched some new web pages with customer-oriented information on how to use RapidRide (www.kingcounty.gov/rapidride). If you’re looking for the former site, with maps for each of the six RapidRide lines, follow the “Learn more” link or go to http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/metrotransit/rapidride.aspx.