Transportation Access Programs

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"All you have to do is TAP!"

What is TAP?

SDOT's Transportation Access Programs (TAP) provide affordable, safe, and equitable access to public transportation by providing transit resources and community-centered programming to diverse Seattle communities.

Check out our suite of Transportation Access Programs below.

Learn More About Each of the Transportation Access Programs

Click on each of our programs below to learn more.

Downtown Circulator

TAP has partnered with Solid Ground and King County Metro to offer the Circulator- a free, fixed route shuttlebus. The Circulator connects riders to vital health and human services in Downtown Seattle.  

Click HERE to learn more.

Seattle Public Preschools Partnership

We're working with Seattle Public Preschools to offer free ORCA cards to low-income families attending Seattle Public Preschools at Seattle Public School sites.

Interested in learning more? Click HERE to learn more.  

ORCA Opportunity Promise Scholars

ORCA Opportunity Promise Scholars provides fully-subsidized ORCA cards to all participants of the Seattle Colleges college tuition and success program, Seattle Promise Scholars.

Interested in participating?  Click HERE to learn more. 

Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) Transit Pass Program

ORCA Opportunity Seattle Housing Authority Transit Pass Program provides ORCA cards to every Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) resident who lives in an SHA owned and managed property.

Interested in participating? Click HERE to learn more. 

Recovery Card Program

The Recovery Card Program supports essential workers and small businesses as they continue to recover from the pandemic by offering them temporary, fully-subsidized ORCA cards. This program is currently offered in the Chinatown/International District, Pioneer Square, Othello, and Rainier Valley. 
Are you eligible to participate? Click HERE to learn more. 

Senior Program

TAP's Senior Program collaborates with various senior and community centers around Seattle to put on informative and fun transit-centered field trips to help seniors safely and confidently navigate transit

Interested in participating? Click HERE to learn more. 

Youth Transportation Ambassadors

The Youth Transportation Ambassador program engages BIPOC youth leaders in Seattle to empower themselves and their communities towards accessible, environmentally sustainable, and affordable transportation through leadership training.  

Interested in participating? Click HERE to learn more. 

Find Help on Navigating Transit

Not sure how to get around on transit? Take a look around our Transportation Access Resource Library for instructional videos on choosing an ORCA card and riding transit.  

Find Additional Affordable Transit Options

Our partners at King County Metro offer fully and partially subsidized ORCA cards to qualified participants, such as ORCA Lift, the Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP), and the Subsidized Annual Pass. To see which program is right for you, visit King County Metro’s Reduced Fare Portal by clicking HERE

Learn More About TAP


TAP is funded through Proposition 1, a voter approved measure that was renewed in November 2020. TAP programs create opportunities for all Seattle residents to connect directly to regional transit providers to better understand how to navigate transit, and to educate communities on how accessing transportation can lead to healthier and environmentally sustainable lives.


To create equitable transportation opportunities for Seattle residents by providing affordable access and education to transit through community-centered programming.


All Seattle residents regardless of background or identity lead healthier lives by having the confidence and ability to navigate Seattle's transportation system. By providing this programming, Seattle residents will have equitable and safe access to transportation resources that energize them to lead healthier live.


Email us at 

Text or call us at (206) 256-6722


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is on a mission to deliver a transportation system that provides safe and affordable access to places and opportunities for everyone as we work to achieve our vision of Seattle as a thriving, equitable community powered by dependable transportation.