ORCA bus and ferry cards get a refresh, fare-free weekend

SEATTLE (AP) — ORCA, the pass system that transit riders use to pay fares on buses and ferries around Puget Sound, is getting a refresh. The new system will launch on Monday, with a new website and smartphone app. During the transition, transit agencies in the region won’t collect fares over the weekend. The fare-free weekend runs from 3 a.m. Saturday to 2:29 a.m. Monday. Current card holders won’t lose any funds that have been loaded into their accounts during the transition and won’t need to get a new card. But they will want to register their card under a new account at myORCA.com starting on Monday. Existing autoload configurations will expire, so users will need to set those links up again.