Have you heard of Sound Transit’s Rail Plus program? If not, this video explains how ORCA passholders can use their cards on certain Amtrak Cascades train trips in lieu of Sounder commuter rail for the same cost. Find out more online for schedules. Also, let Amtrak Cascades know (Twitter, website) that you want them to expand the program to more trips.

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  1. Rail Plus is available for Sounder North only, I have used it to essentially get a $9-10 discount for the ride to Vancouver (paying for Everett to Vancouver, while boarding in Seattle with a Rail Plus ticket + Amtrak boarding pass from Everett)

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