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What is ORCA LIFT?

  • ORCA LIFT is a reduced fare program for adults (19-64) with qualifying income.

  • This program reduces fare to $1.50 any time of day, for one-or-two zone travel. The reduce fare applies to travel on Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Sound Transit Link Light Rail, Sound Transit buses, Sounder Train and Seattle Streetcar. Sounder Train cost is distance based, and may be more than $1.50.

  • It also gives Seattle Water Taxi riders the Youth rate of $3.75 to West Seattle and $4.50 to Vashon.

How did this begin?

  • In January 2014, the King County Executive proposed an ordinance to increase all existing Metro fares & added a new low-income fare category effective March 1, 2015. The proposal was approved by Council and the new low income fare is now called the "ORCA LIFT Fare Program". Beginning March 1, 2016 Sound Transit Board voted to be part of the ORCA LIFT program.

  • King County's adoption of the ORCA LIFT program for King County residents with low income stemmed from a fundamental commitment to promote fairness and opportunity and to eliminate inequities in King County.

  • The fair and just principle is woven into the King County Strategic Plan and is expected to be incorporated into everything King County does; our One King County.

When and where we meet

Bi-monthly on the second Monday of the month
Catholic Community Services
100 23rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144


Partner agencies

Public Health — Seattle & King County (lead agency)

  • Catholic Community Services
  • Global to Local
  • ICHS (Must be patient of clinic)
  • Within Reach
  • World Relief Seattle (Must be client of agency)
  • HealthPoint (Must be patient of clinic)
  • Neighborcare (Must be patient of clinic)
  • Gay City (by appointment only)
  • International Rescue Committee (Must be client of agency)
  • Fare Start (Must be client of agency)
  • REWA(Must be client of agency)
  • Trac and Associates(Must be client of agency)
  • Community Health Care (Pierce County)

Become an ORCA LIFT Enrollment Site/Verifying Agency

For consideration to become an ORCA LIFT verifying agency, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Be an existing Navigator Organization through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.
  2. Must be an existing SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) enrollment location through the Department of Social & Health Services.
  3. Your agency provides one on one application assistance for various public benefit programs that includes maintaining knowledge about eligibility programs: (i.e. Section 8 applications, Financial Aid Applications, Federal Energy Assistance Programs.

In addition to meeting one of the three requirements listed above, your agency must also agree to the following:

  1. Eligibility training for Washington Apple Health – including training on how to verify coverage (if you're already a Navigator agency you won't need this training).
  2. Agencies who don't have a partnership agreement with the Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) will need to complete a partner agreement and get training on how to verify coverage through the Benefit Verification System.
  3. Agency must agree to maintain confidentiality, maintain files for 7 years and subject to annual audits.
  4. Attend monthly LIFT meetings.
  5. Sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Metro Transit and Public Health Seattle & King County.
  6. Agree to audits of ORCA LIFT records to ensure program compliance.

If your agency doesn't meet the requirements above or is not interested in verifying eligibility, Public Health/Metro can create a referral system for your clients in order to get them enrolled on ORCA Lift.

ORCA to-goEach month ORCA To-Go travels around the Puget Sound area making stops at senior and community centers, major events, fairs and other key locations to provide on the spot full-service ORCA card sales and assistance. Cash, checks, and major credit cards accepted for payment. Learn more from Metro's website.

If you have questions or are interested in becoming an Enrollment Site/Verifying Agency or want to set up an ORCA LIFT Referral Process- please contact:


About you:

Contact person

Enter quantity needed for items listed below:

ORCA LIFT Welcome Packets


Individual Welcome Packet Items

E-purse/Monthly Pass Countercard:


Create On-line Account/Replace Lost Card:


ORCA Locations in King County:


Tips to Get Started (ORCA Card):


Other LIFT materials

Bus Flyer (Pictures not translated; available only in English)


ORCA LIFT Office Map


ORCA LIFT Youth Card Form (available only in English)


Renewal Counter Card/Postcard


ORCA LIFT Brochure


Note: Monthly reports to be added later. Please check back another time for updates.

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