ORCA Opportunity Program

2018 – 2019 School Year

The program serves the following students:

  • High school students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools
  • Income-qualified middle school students in Seattle Public Schools
  • Seattle Promise Scholars

All participating students receive a free, unlimited 12-month ORCA card.

High school students

  • High school students may pick up their ORCA card at any time during the school year. Students must fill out the Conditions of Use form to receive an ORCA card. Cards will not be immediately available to students. Students should work with the staff in the main office or attendance office to request their 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

  • All ORCA cards for income-qualified middle school student have been distributed. These cards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible for these cards, students must not be eligible for transportation from Seattle Public Schools. Students may apply for an ORCA card next fall with the start of the new school year. The application for the current school year includes additional information about eligibility.
  • 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.

Seattle Promise Scholars

  • Students may email YouthORCA@seattle.gov to arrange pickup of their ORCA card.
  • All card replacements will be handled by the City of Seattle Customer Service Centers (except the downtown location). Scholars must be present for the transaction, show a photo ID, and pay the replacement fee in cash. Replacement fees are $5 for the first replacement and $25 for all subsequent replacements.

For more information about the ORCA Opportunity Program, please see the ORCA Opportunity FAQ.

About the program

The ORCA Opportunity program distributes ORCA cards to high school students at Seattle Public Schools, income-qualified middle school students at Seattle Public Schools, and Seattle Promise Scholars. The ORCA cards provide students free, unlimited transit for 12 months. 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.

Funding

The ORCA Opportunity program is funded with Proposition 1 funding. For more information on Proposition 1 funding, visit the Seattle Transportation Benefit District.

Contact information

Program email: YouthORCA@seattle.gov
Program phone: 206-256-ORCA (6722)