ORCA Opportunity Youth Program

UPDATE (4/8/2020): Following Governor Inslee's announcement on April 6th, all Seattle Public Schools will be closed through the end of the school year (June).  As a result, ORCA Opportunity will not be providing new or replacement ORCA cards for the remainder of the school year. Please remember that Regional Transit Agencies are not collecting fare, as of March 21st, and you will not need an ORCA card to ride transit should you need to for essential business. Should transit agencies begin to collect fares, SDOT will work with Seattle Public Schools to ensure students have access to transit at that time.

UPDATE: Following Governor Inslee's emergency proclamation, all Seattle Public Schools will be closed through at least April 24.  All school building activities including school day instruction, child care, preschool, athletics/sports, health services, enrichment, etc. are canceled until further notice. As a result, Seattle Public School cards will not be delivered to schools until Seattle Public Schools reopens. That means any middle school applications we received after March 9, 2020 and any new student ORCA cards (Middle School and High School) will not be delivered until Seattle Public Schools re-open. 

High school and income-eligible middle school students at Seattle Public Schools receive a free, unlimited 12-month ORCA card valid through August 31, 2020.  The ORCA cards provide no cost, unlimited transit on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit, and Seattle Center Monorail. The ORCA cards may not be used on Washington State Ferries. 

High school students

  • All Seattle Public High School students are eligible for a free, unlimited use ORCA card
  • High school students may pick up their ORCA card at orientation or the first day of school. Students must complete the Conditions of Use form to receive an ORCA card. 
  • All card replacement will be handled by Seattle Public Schools Transportation Department. Students will need to pay the replacement fee to the staff in the main office or attendance office to initiate the replacement process. Card replacement fees are $5.50 for the first card and $25 for each subsequent replacement.

Income-qualified middle school students

  • To be eligible for an ORCA card, middle school students must be income-qualified and ineligible for transportation from Seattle Public Schools. Applications for middle school students can be found here. Students who were in the program last year do not need to complete a new application. The City will verify these students are still not eligible for transportation from Seattle Public Schools and then issue the students new ORCA cards. Students should pick up their cards in their attendance office or main office. Middle school ORCA cards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • All card replacement will be handled by Seattle Public Schools Transportation Department. Students will need to pay the replacement fee to the staff in the main office or attendance office to initiate the replacement process. Card replacement fees are $5.50 for the first card and $25 for each subsequent replacement. 

If you have any additional questions, please email ORCAOpportunity@seattle.gov or call/text 206-256-ORCA (6722). For more information about the ORCA Opportunity Program, please see the ORCA Opportunity FAQ.