First free ORCA card for young people aged 6 to 18

Young people in the Puget Sound area can get their first ORCA card for free starting June 1.

ORCA Cards (which stands for One Regional Card for All) are a transit pass accepted by Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and Washington State Ferries, as well as on the Seattle monorail and the Seattle streetcar.

Free ORCA cards will be available for 6-18 year olds to provide a more accessible way to travel to various destinations in the region on buses, trains and ferries from participating agencies. Youth cards offer young passengers reduced rates on certain agency services.

“By eliminating the fees to obtain an ORCA card, we hope that more young passengers will take advantage of all the services offered by our regional transit agencies,” said Mary Cummings, Executive Director of Sound Transit and Interim Chair of the Joint Committee. of ORCA.

Young ORCA users can use their card’s e-wallet to load value onto the card one trip at a time or add a pass for unlimited rides for an entire month. Replacing a lost or stolen card will cost the user $ 5.

The waiver of the previous $ 5 fee for a blank ORCA youth card makes a promotion in place since December 2020 permanent. Seniors and disabled commuters who qualify for an ORCA Reduced Fee Regional Permit (RRFP) and low-cost commuters income receive free ORCA cards since 2018.

The RRFP program, the youth and the ORCA LIFT card for passengers eligible for income, allow a saving of 45% or more on public transport fares.

To get a new ORCA Youth Card, users can visit the King County Metro Discounted Fares portal at kingcounty.gov/reducedfare, visit an ORCA customer service office, or submit the ORCA Card order form ( proof of age is required).

For more information on the free ORCA youth cards, visit orcacard.com or reductionfare.kingcounty.gov.

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