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Summer Youth ORCA Passes are available to 8th through 12th grade students in the Highline Public Schools, Lake Washington and Tukwila school districts who qualify for the Free or Reduced-Price Lunch program. Due to spring school closures, Summer ORCA cards will be distributed via mail. Eligible students should fill out the Online Sign-Up Form to receive their Summer Youth ORCA Pass. ORCA cards will not be shipped until King County officials allow for safe, non-essential travel on public transit.


Requirements

Program Eligibility Requirements:

In order to be eligible for a 2020 Summer Youth ORCA Pass, you must be:
  • An enrolled student in the Highline Public Schools, Lake Washington or Tukwila public school districts, and
  • In 8th - 12th grade in Spring 2020, and
  • Income-eligible for the Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program.

After submitting the sign-up form, please allow up to 5 business days for an email confirmation that you are verified as an eligible student for this program. When safe, non-essential travel is once again allowed, you will receive a second email confirming the shipment of your Summer Youth ORCA Pass card. If you have further questions, please call or email the Summer Youth Pass Coordinator at (206) 263-8751 or dhurula@kingcounty.gov

Benefits

What the Summer Youth ORCA Pass provides:

  • Unlimited rides on King County Metro Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit, and Sound Transit, including regional buses, Link light rail and Sounder trains
  • Full fare coverage on King County Water Taxis and Kitsap Fast Ferries
  • Full fare coverage on Seattle Streetcar and Seattle Monorail
  • Full fare coverage on special services like Via to Transit and Trailhead Direct
Due to COVID-19 impacts, some of these services may operate on revised schedules throughout the summer. Check their websites for latest updates. For King County Metro information visit our Reduced Schedule page.

Partners

Summer Youth ORCA Pass partners

Thank you to our partners at WSDOT, Highline Public Schools, Lake Washington and Tukwila school districts for making this pilot program possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

This program is a pilot program funded by the State of Washington. Currently only high school students and 8th graders in the Highline Public Schools, Lake Washington and Tukwila school districts qualifying for the Free or Reduced- Price Lunch program are eligible. If you do not meet these requirements and you are under 18, you may still purchase a Youth ORCA card by mail or in person to load with your own funds.

Yes, if you are enrolled in high school in the Highline Public Schools, or Lake Washington or Tukwila school districts during spring 2020, you may receive a card.

After submitting the enrollment form linked above, you will receive an email confirmation that you are verified as an eligible student. You will receive a second email alerting you that your card has shipped. Please allow up to two weeks for your card to arrive. If you do not receive your card within two weeks, please call or email the Summer Youth Pass Coordinator at (206) 263-8751 or dhurula@kingcounty.gov.

The unlimited pass will be active for 3 months once travel restrictions are lifted. Once an official date is decided it will be communicated through this website. When the pass expires, you will need to add your own funds to the ORCA card to continue use. If you are currently a junior or below, your card will convert into a Youth ORCA card, which is eligible for lower fares on most transit services. Find out more about your ORCA Youth card or how to load value using cash or credit card.

Students should report any lost, stolen or misplaced cards to the Summer Youth ORCA Coordinator via phone at (206) 263-8751 or email to dhurula@kingcounty.gov. Replacement cards will be sent to you free of charge.


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