Riders Can Pay On The Go with ‘Transit GO Ticket’ App
This morning King County Metro announced it has launched a mobile ticket app – Transit GO App – so riders can buy and redeem transit tickets on their mobile devices. No cash needed! Tickets can be purchased for King County Metro buses, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Sound Transit Link Light Rail and Sounder trains.
The app is free and is available for download on Google Play, the App Store and on Microsoft. Riders buy tickets using the app and then show their phones to the transit operator, fare collector or fare inspector at the time of travel.
“Transit GO Tickets are the latest example of innovations that make transit easier for our customers,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “We look forward to hearing from the community about mobile tickets as we continue to make sure Metro and Sound Transit offer seamless, efficient service across town and across the region.”
How does it work?
Riders who don’t want to pay cash or purchase an ORCA pass can:
- Download the Transit GO Ticket app for Android, Apple or Windows mobile devices.
- Create an account
- Purchase one or more tickets through the app using a credit card or debit card.
- Activate the tickets needed just prior to boarding, there is no limit to the number of tickets that can be activated at one time.
- Show the mobile display to a transit operator, a water taxi fare collector, or have it available if requested by a fare inspector on RapidRide, Link light rail or Sounder.
- Transfers are allowed between Metro buses within a two-hour window.
The Transit GO Ticket app pilot project was created under contract by Bytemark, which has similar systems in use in Austin, Texas; New York Waterway; Massachusetts DOT, Atlanta, Toronto and York. With its partners at Sound Transit, the City of Seattle and King County Marine Division, Metro will evaluate the performance of the app and gather rider feedback through November 2017. The results also will guide further developments of mobile ticketing.
The pilot project is budgeted at approximately $470,000 and 86 percent of the project is funded by Federal Transit Administration grant.
Learn more on the King County Metro website.