Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and the City of Seattle are partnering to bring an additional 8,000 free, unlimited ORCA cards to high school students at Seattle Public Schools. The ORCA cards are valid until August 31, 2022 and work 24 hours a day, seven days a week as part of the ORCA Opportunity program.
The ORCA Opportunity program, announced in 2018, will now be available to 24,000 high school students, including 8,000 additional middle school students, 15,000 high school students and more than 1,000 Seattle Promise students. The ORCA card offers free and unlimited travel on the 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 official sources, Seattle’s ORCA Opportunity Program is one way we encourage and empower students to use public transportation to access schools and services, help reduce traffic congestion near schools, and create a better future for our youngest residents from Seattle to build.
“We are building a transit culture in our region by giving our young people a passport for our city. Getting kids to and from school and activities in Seattle is just the beginning. ORCA Opportunity opens doors to the use of public transport for access to sporting events, colleges, arts and culture in Seattle, ”said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. “With the opening and expansion of additional clean S-Bahn trains through the Stadtbahn, we can continue to make off-road car journeys 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 ORCA card. Middle school students must apply for an ORCA card on the application website. The cards will be delivered to schools every Tuesday and Wednesday from November 9, 2021.
• Seattle Promise Fellows: ORCA cards are available to all first year Promise scholars who complete a registration form and remain active in the program during their second year.
Students can register online at https://civiform.seattle.gov/programs/orca-youth-opportunity-sdot. apply