Seattle Public Schools has mailed applications to all district high school students for the free, 12-month ORCA cards that will provide unlimited transit on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, and Everett Transit. Students need to return the application to their school to receive a card.
If a student did not receive a form, or if they lost their form, they may print out a new one at this link: ORCA Card Conditions of Use. The ORCA cards will be valid from September 2018 – August 2019.
The program, known as the ORCA Opportunity Program, is additionally available to income-qualified middle school students at Seattle Public Schools, as well as Seattle Promise Scholars. The program is funded through the Seattle Transportation Benefit District. In 2014, Seattle voters approved Proposition 1, a funding measure that includes a $60 vehicle license fee and 0.1% sales tax for 6 years (2014-2020).
Middle school students that were in the Youth ORCA program last year and are returning to the same school don’t need to take any action. If the student will not receive transportation from Seattle Public Schools for the 2018 – 2019 school year, the student will be automatically re-enrolled in the program. ORCA cards will be available at middle schools during the first week of school. Middle school students that did not have an ORCA card last school year from the Youth ORCA program or are changing schools will need to fill out an application and submit it to the front office of their school or email it to YouthOrca@seattle.gov. New applicants will receive their ORCA cards from the front office
of their middle school.
Seattle Promise Scholars will pick up their ORCA cards at the Bridge Program on their respective college campuses in September. Each campus has its own Bridge Program.
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