Recovery Card

ORCA Recovery Card


In November 2020, Seattle voters approved STBD Proposition 1. The six-year proposition included an ordinance asking the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to support transportation access for Essential Workers in Seattle. 

What is the ORCA Recovery Card?

The ORCA Recovery Card is a temporary, no-cost, fully-subsidized ORCA card provided to food service and grocery/ convenience store employees who work at a business in Pioneer Square, Chinatown-International District, Little Saigon, and Japantown. The pass is valid for use on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Seattle Center Monorail, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, and Everett Transit. The ORCA cards may not be used on Washington State Ferries. 

The Seattle Department of Transportation will provide up to 2,000 cards to eligible employees. 

How Can I Get a Card?

In order to receive a card, you need to complete a registration form. You can do this online prior to the distribution event or in person at the event. Please check back here for information and a link to an online form. The form will be available in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, and English.  

Distribution Dates and Times:

Table identifying distribution site, address, and times

Does Your Business Qualify for the Recovery Card?

In order for a business to qualify for the ORCA Recovery Card, it must meet three requirements: 

  1. It must reside within the geographic boundary outlined HERE
  2. The business must not have more than 5 locations in the City of Seattle
  3. The business cannot already provide a comparable transportation benefit. 

Additional Questions? 

Please reference our FAQ. Translations for the FAQ will be available shortly.