Youth ORCA Program

There are still cards available at each high school!

The City of Seattle's Youth ORCA program distributes ORCA cards to high school students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools that are not eligible for an ORCA card from the Seattle Public Schools. To be eligible, high school students must live in a household that is within the income thresholds listed in the table (same income requirement as ORCA LIFT). The program will distribute 3,000 ORCA cards for the 2016 - 2017 school year. Cards will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The ORCA cards are valid on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, and Everett Transit.

Seattle Public Schools distributes ORCA cards to high school students that live more than 2 miles from their designated school. The 2 miles is measured by walking distance. High school students that are eligible for the City of Seattle Youth ORCA program will live less than 2 miles from their designated school. This map shows the 2-mile walking distance from each Seattle high school. The map is meant to be illustrative and will not be used to determine eligibility in this program or with Seattle Public Schools.

The ORCA cards distributed through this program will be valid for the entire school year, September 2016 through June 2017. Income eligibility for this program is consistent with many other programs including: SNAP, Free and Reduced Lunch, and ORCA LIFT.


  • Be a middle school or high school student in Seattle Public Schools (grades 6-12);
  • Not currently receiving an ORCA card from Seattle Public Schools; and
  • Live in a household that meets the income guidelines in the table. 

Download Application

Download Program Summary

Download 2-mile Walking Map

Application Process

  • Submitting the application:
    The front office of each school will be the distribution point for ORCA cards. Students should submit a completed application to the front office of their school.

Program Rules

  • Program participants are expected to follow the Metro Code of Conduct.
  • Missing/Lost cards: Program participants are expected to notify an official of a missing or lost card immediately. A fee of $5.50 will be charged for the first card replacement. A fee of $25 will be charged for any subsequent replacements

The Youth ORCA program is funded with Proposition 1 funding. The annual program budget is $1 million. This program funding is expected for five years, through 2020. For more information on Proposition 1 funding, visit this website.

Contact Information

Program email:
(206) 256-ORCA (6722)