Get where you need to go. Pay a lot less to get there.
Once you qualify for the ORCA LIFT program, you'll receive an ORCA LIFT card registered to your name, with the same features every ORCA card has. You can load an E-purse value on your card to pay for trips one at a time, or load a discounted monthly pass that lets you take unlimited trips for an entire month. But what makes ORCA LIFT special is you have all the power and convenience of the ORCA card system at a fraction of the cost.
With the ORCA LIFT card, income-qualified riders can save up to 50 percent or more on:
- Metro Transit buses
- Kitsap Transit buses
- Sound Transit Link light rail
- Sound Transit Regional Express buses
- Sounder Trains
- King County Water Taxi
- Seattle Streetcar
Check the date on your ORCA LIFT card
If your card has expired or will expire within three months, you may apply to renew it. The income requirements for renewals are the same as for new cards.
How to get the ORCA LIFT card
See if you qualify
If you think you qualify, visit one of the authorized ORCA LIFT enrollment offices with your income verification documents. The process takes just minutes. The office will confirm your eligibility, officially register you, and give you your free ORCA LIFT card.
- Find LIFT enrollment locations and days/hours of operation and other Public Health services
- For a detailed listing of specific locations and operating days/hours call 206-553-3000 or 800-756-5437.
Income verification documents
Renewing your ORCA LIFT card
Apply in person at one of the LIFT enrollment agencies. Bring proof of your income or benefits to one of the enrollment agencies and in most cases, you will receive your renewal card immediately.
If you are 65 or have a disability you may qualify for a Regional Reduced Fare Permit.
Frequently asked questions
Currently, the ORCA LIFT reduced fares are offered on King County Metro Transit buses, Sound Transit buses, the Link light rail, the Sounder Train, the Seattle Streetcar, the King County Water Taxi, and Kitsap Transit buses.
All other ORCA participating agencies will accept the ORCA LIFT card, but the cardholder will pay the current standard adult fare for service provided by those agencies. You can pay that fare with your card’s E-purse value or PugetPass that you have loaded. If you use your PugetPass to pay, you will be credited the trip value of your PugetPass, and will have to make up the difference with E-purse value or cash. Transfers are accepted with the ORCA LIFT card up to the value of the initial fare you paid.
Cardholders can call 206-553-3000 for a current list of transit agencies that accept ORCA.
Nothing. The card is free to qualified individuals. If your card is lost, stolen or damaged, replacement cards cost $5. Users are responsible for the costs to load E-purse value or a monthly transit pass on the card.
The ORCA LIFT card is good for up to 24 months (two years) from the time you get it. After that, you can reapply. Your card’s expiration date will be printed on the back of the card. If your card is expired, you will need to go to an ORCA LIFT enrollment office to get a new card issued for another two year time period.
Anyone who starts out qualified for the ORCA LIFT program can continue until their card expires. At that point they will need to reapply for the program and prove their continued eligibility.
Adult ORCA LIFT cardholders may get ORCA youth cards (age 6 – 18) free of charge. ORCA youth cards pay the standard youth fare when boarding Metro vehicles.
ORCA LIFT cardholders may apply for a youth card at any ORCA LIFT enrollment agency. Agency staff can verify the child’s name and DOB, and the staff person’s signature is all that is needed to verify the child’s eligibility. The completed Youth ORCA LIFT form may be sent to the ORCA LIFT office, emailed or faxed. The youth card will be mailed to the cardholder.
Cardholders may also complete and mail a Youth ORCA LIFT form, along with proof of the child’s name and age, to the ORCA LIFT office. The youth card will be mailed to the cardholder. The Youth ORCA LIFT form is available at enrollment locations.
ORCA LIFT youth cards may also be obtained at the pass sales office or from ORCA-to-Go by providing a completed Youth ORCA LIFT form with either agency verification, verifying documents, or with the child. If the cardholder does not have the Youth ORCA LIFT Form, their ORCA LIFT card or other ID is needed.