In 2014, Seattle voters approved Proposition 1 to fund the purchase of increased Metro service and additional transit programs for Seattle residents. This voter-approved funding measure includes a $60 vehicle license fee and 0.1% sales tax increase to generate over $50 million (in 2017) to improve transit availability and access for six years (2015-2020) and has contributed to a major expansion of access to frequent transit service for Seattle residents, including:  

  • Added over 8,000 weekly transit trips on King County Metro routes and invested in 350,000 service hours across weekdays, nights and weekends (about 8% of Metro's overall transit service network.)  
  • Expanded access to transit by growing the portion of households within a 10-minute walk of service arriving every 10 minutes or better from 25% in 2015 to 70% in 2019.    ·        Revised the Night Owl service network to improve 24/7 service, supporting those who work late or rise early.  
  • Improved transit connections and reliability to meet emerging needs, ensuring that there is a bus every 15 minutes or better during peak times.  
  • Provided all Seattle Public Schools high school students with access to transit year round, by expanding transit passes to 7,000 students that grant them service all 365 days of the year, and summer passes to nearly 5,000 additional students. 
  • Piloted a program and partnership with Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) to distribute approximately 1,600 free 12-month ORCA cards to low-income SHA residents.  
  • Supported community-based programs to increase mobility and access to transit for seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income people, including an effort to train seniors on how to use the variety of transit options offered in Seattle.   

Seattle Transportation Benefit District 2021 Proposal to Provide Reliable Transit

On July 7, 2020, Mayor Jenny Durkan proposed renewal of transit benefit package to go before voters this fall, supporting essential access to frequent and reliable transit service to aid equitable economic recovery before current funding sources expire at end of year. 

Seattle Transportation Benefit District Year 4 Annual Report

The Seattle Transportation Benefit District’s Year 4 Annual Report is now available. Learn more about how we are improving transit service throughout the City of Seattle and providing more transportation options for all Seattle residents.

ORCA Opportunity Program

The City of Seattle fund ORCA cards for middle and high school students at Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Promise Scholars, and SHA residents at specific locations.

Annual Reports

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$20 Car Tab Rebate

This program is available to Seattle's households at or below 70% of the median State household income, who have cars registered in the City of Seattle, and have a car tab renewal date of June 1, 2015 or later.