ORCA Subsidized Annual Pass

Who is it for?

Card type

ORCA LIFT card with subsidized annual pass no cost to the rider for Metro and Sound Transit trips, ORCA LIFT fare available for other transit agencies.

Who is it for?

Residents of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties who are enrolled in one of six state benefit programs. More information: www.kingcounty.gov/subsidizedannualpass

Card price

no charge.

Availability
Online
App
In Person
Phone
Mail

King County Metro and Sound Transit have partnered to create the subsidized annual pass program, allowing qualified riders to travel on select transit in our region with subsidized fares. The subsidized annual pass is valid for up to 12 months and is renewable each year, provided eligibility requirements are met.

Eligibility

Residents of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties who are at or below 80% of the federal poverty level and are enrolled in one of six state benefit programs can obtain a subsidized annual pass valid for travel on King County Metro and Sound Transit services. Eligible customers can receive a subsidized annual pass at DSHS, Public Health, and Catholic Community Services across King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.

Currently, the six state benefit programs are:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/State Family Assistance (SFA)
  • Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
  • Aged, Blind, or Disabled Cash Assistance (ABD)
  • Pregnant Women Assistance (PWA)
    Not to be confused with WIC or Pregnancy Medical
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    Not to be confused with Social Security Income or SSDI
  • Housing & Essential Needs (HEN)
    Not to be confused with housing assistance such as HUD

To apply or for more information about these programs, visit washingtonconnection.org or call (877) 501-2233.

Adding fares to your ORCA card

here is no cost for the card or fares on King County Metro and Sound Transit. To ride other systems, you will need to pay your own fare. The easiest way to pay is with your ORCA card. Be sure to add money to the E-purse on your card before your trip.

How and where to apply?

Online

Enroll online through the Reduced Fare Portal.

By Phone

Public Health—Seattle & King County
Community Health Access Program

Phone:
(800) 756-5437

Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
(closed 1:00pm–2:00pm)

Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
Customer Service Center

Phone:
(877) 501-2233

Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Catholic Community Services

Phone:
(206) 960-1582

Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

In Person

Hours and locations for in-person services are subject to change with COVID-19 conditions.

ORCA LIFT/Public Health Office

Address:
201 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:30am – 4:30pm
(closed 1:00pm – 2:00pm)

Federal Way Public Health Storefront

Address:
1640 S 318th Pl, Suite B, Federal Way, WA 98003

Hours:
Monday through Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Friday – Closed
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm

Catholic Community Services
Randolph Carter Center

Address:
100 23rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Hours:
Monday & Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 12:00pm

How to replace a lost or stolen card   

Call Metro’s reduced fares team at (206) 477-4200, email reducedfares@kingcounty.gov, or visit the King Street Center Pass Sales Office at 201 S Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104. There is no fee for a replacement card.  

Learn more about ORCA card programs

There’s a card for everyone.

View our program guide

Adults

ages 19-64

Check if your school or employer can help with costs

Adult ORCA
Full Cost

Youth

ages 6-18*

Check if your school can help with costs

Youth ORCA
Lower Cost

Low Income Households

See if you qualify
ORCA LIFT
Lower Cost

Seniors

ages 65+
Regional Reduced Fare Permit
Even Lower Cost

Disabilities or Medicare

Regional Reduced Fare Permit
Even Lower Cost

Certain State Benefit Programs

ABD, HEN, PWA, RCA, SSI, TANF, and SFA
Subsidized Annual Pass
No Cost