Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and the City of Seattle are partnering to provide an additional 8,000 free, unlimited ORCA Cards to Seattle Public Schools middle school students. The ORCA cards are valid through August 31, 2022, and work 24 hours a day, seven days a week as part of the ORCA Opportunity program.
Announced in 2018, the ORCA Opportunity program will now be available to 24,000 students including 8,000 additional middle school students, 15,000 high school students, and more than 1,000 Seattle Promise students. The ORCA card provides no-cost, unlimited transit rides on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit, and Seattle Center Monorail, creating a passport to the city and beyond.
According to officials, Seattle’s ORCA Opportunity Program is one way we encourage and empower students to use public transit to access schools and services, help reduce traffic congestion near schools, and build a better future for our youngest Seattleites.
“We are building a transit culture in our region by giving our youth a passport to our City. Giving the kids of Seattle a way to and from school and activities is only the beginning. ORCA Opportunity opens doors to using transit to access sporting events, colleges, arts and culture around Seattle,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. “With the opening and expansion of additional clean, rapid transit through the light rail, we can continue to take car trips off the road by making transit free for our youth and low-income communities.”
Who can receive ORCA cards under the program:
• Middle school students: All Seattle Public middle school students are now eligible for a free, unlimited use ORCA card. Middle school students must apply for an ORCA card on the application website. Cards are delivered to schools every Tuesday and Wednesday, starting November 9, 2021.
• High school students: All Seattle Public High School students are eligible for a free, unlimited use ORCA card. Before picking up an ORCA card, all High School students must complete the 2021-2022 Conditions of Use Form. School administrators have the most up-to-date information on when students can pick up a card.
• Seattle Promise Scholars: ORCA cards are available for all first-year Promise Scholars who complete a registration form and remain active through your second year in the program.
Students can apply online at https://civiform.seattle.gov/programs/orca-youth-opportunity-sdot