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Unlimited ORCA transit passes available all of summer 2019 for income-eligible high school students in Highline, Lake Washington, and Tukwila School Districts.

Income-eligible high school students in Highline, Lake Washington, and Tukwila school districts can now get a FREE unlimited ORCA pass for the summer. Summer Youth ORCA Passes will be active from June 10th – September 9th 2019 and can be used to pay the full fare on all local transit agencies in the region except the Washington State Ferries. The program is open to high school students in Highline, Lake Washington, and Tukwila school districts who receive free or reduced price lunch and are participating in a summer activity that they need transportation to. ORCA cards are available for pick up at the student’s high school’s front office starting early June 2019.

Applications: Print out an application below, or pick up an application from your school front office. Return completed applications with a parent/guardian signature to your school’s front office* to receive an unlimited Summer ORCA Pass.

*If you are an incoming freshman, take your application to the office of the high school you will be attending in the fall.

Frequently asked questions

High School students in Lake Washington and Highline School Districts who receive free or reduced lunch.

Yes, as long as you are enrolled in high school in the Highline or Lake Washington School District during the Spring of 2018, you can apply for a card.

No, you will get a different card. The cards will be available through your school’s front office beginning in May.

You can apply for the program starting in spring. All eligible students who fill out the application and return it to their school’s front office will receive an unlimited pass ORCA that will work through the summer. Applications will be available through your school’s front office or this site in spring.

We will begin distributing cards through schools’ front offices in May.

Your Youth ORCA Pass you receive through this program will work until September 7th, 2018.

Your ORCA card will pay the full cost of the fare on all local transit agencies in the Puget Sound region except the Washington State Ferries. No need to load money on the card, it will already be loaded with an unlimited pass. Agencies that you can use it on include King County Metro, all Sound Transit Services, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, and others. For more information on how to use an ORCA card and a complete list of agencies that accept ORCA, visit the ORCA website.

Students who lose their card should notify staff in the front office of their school if they misplace or lose their ORCA card. A fee of $5.00 will be charged for the first card replacement. A fee of $25 may be charged for any subsequent replacements.

The program is only open to high school students in the above mentioned school districts who receive free or reduced lunch. Students taking public transit are expected to follow each agency’s code of conduct that applies to all riders. The code of conduct for King County Metro can be found here.

This is a pilot program funded through a grant allocated in the state budget. State Representatives Vandana Slatter and Mia Gregerson secured funding in the 2017-2019 Biennium Budget to run this pilot project in these two school districts.


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