The Ride Free Area (RFA) in downtown Seattle is scheduled to end on Sept. 29, 2012
Starting September 29th, bus riders will pay when they enter the bus for all trips, including trips that begin and end within the Downtown Core. All riders will be required to pay a fare with cash, transfer, ORCA card or transit tickets.
Passengers will enter through the front door and be encouraged to exit through the rear doors whenever possible to streamline boarding. Using an ORCA card is generally faster and more convenient than paying with cash.
Exceptions include RapidRide lines, which provide off-board ORCA readers at some transit stops; riders can board through all doors; some Downtown bus stops and tunnel stations will have Metro staff with hand-held off-board ORCA readers to help speed boarding to help keep buses moving.