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Pilot program for Highline and Lake Washington School Districts

Eligible high school students in Lake Washington and Highline school districts can get a FREE fully loaded transit fare card (ORCA card) to get around all summer. The program is open to students who receive free and reduced lunch and are working during summer 2018 or are participating in a summer activity. ORCA cards and other program information will be available through your school’s front office.

To receive a an ORCA pass through the program, eligible students need to print the application or pick one up at your school’s front office and submit a completed form to their school’s front office.

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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