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    ORCA cards are provided to students in 6th -12th grade, who meet eligibility criteria in the Transportation Service Standards.

    For the 2019-20 school year, ORCA cards will also be provided to Seattle Public Schools students in 9th-12th grade who meet the requirements of the City of Seattle's ORCA Opportunity Program.

    ORCA cards distributed through the Transportation Department cover youth fare for unlimited travel on the following providers:

    • Bus: Community Transit, Everett Transit, Kitsap transit, King County Metro Transit, Pierce Transit, and Sound Transit

    • Rail: Sound Traisti Link light rail, Sound Transit Sounder train (including Rail Plus partnership with Amtrack Cascades)

    • Streetcar: Seattle Streetcar

    • Ferry: King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Local Ferries and Fast Ferries

    • Access Transportation: Metro and Kitsap Transit Access Transportation (eligible riders only)

    All students who would like to claim their ORCA card, will need to complete the ORCA card Conditions of Use form and turn it in at their school to receive their card.


    ORCA Opportunity Program

    The City of Seattle is partnering with Seattle Public Schools to provide High School (9th -12th grade) students who are not eligible for transportation from the District with ORCA cards. They are also providing funding so that all cards issued through the District to Seattle Public Schools students are available for use through the summer.

    The ORCA Opportunity Program is a program funded through 2019-2020 school year. In subsequent school years, the program will be subject to funding availability.

    For more information about the City of Seattle's ORCA Opportunity Program, please visit their Youth Program website.


    ORCA Card Summer Extension FAQ

    For the 2019-20 school year, the City of Seattle is providing funding so that the ORCA cards issued to Seattle Public Schools students, during the school year, are available for their use during the summer. Cards will continue to be active after the regular school year ends, until approximately August 31. The first year of the summer extension was for the 2018-19 school year. Below are some answers to questions asked most frequently about the program.

    If you have additional questions, please e-mail transorca@seattleschools.org


    If my student already has an ORCA card will they need a new card for the summer?

    • No, students should continue using the ORCA card that they were issued during the school year until approximately August 31st. Students will not need to obtain a separate card for the summer.
    • Cards for the next school year will be issued in September.

     If I’m a graduating Senior, will I be eligible for the Summer extension?

    • Yes, however you must claim your ORCA card before the end of the current school year.
    • You will not be able to claim a card after the school year ends, just for the summer.


    What happens after the Summer with my student's ORCA card?
    • All cards distributed during the 2019-20 school year should work through August 31st, 2020. Any card issued during the previous school year (2018-19), including replacements ordered during the summer, will be deactivated/blocked after August 31St.
    • District Eligible Students
      • High School and Middle School Students who are eligible for an ORCA card based on the Seattle Public Schools' Transportation Standards will automatically be issued a new card at the start of the school year.
    • City of Seattle Program Students
      • High School students who are enrolled at an eligible SPS school or program, who do not qualify for the District issued cards, will automatically be issued a card at the start of the school year.
      • Middle School students who were issued an ORCA card through the Seattle Youth Program will be automatically re-enrolled as long as they continue their enrollment at a Seattle Public Schools middle school. New applicants should visit the City of Seattle's Youth Program website.

    School's are closed, how do I/does my student replace a lost, stolen or damaged ORCA card during the summer?

    • ORCA card replacement prior to the last full week of school should be requested from the student’s assigned school.
    • After the last week of school, ORCA card replacements during the summer should be requested from transorca@seattleschools.org or by calling Transportation at 206 252-0900.
      • a date will be provided to pick up the ORCA card at the Seattle Public Schools John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence located at 2445 3rd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134.


    My student never picked up their ORCA card at the beginning of the school year, how do they claim it?

    • If your student has not claimed their card, they will need to request their card at their school's office before the last full week of school. Their card will be dropped off at their school’s main office for pick-up.
    • Cards cannot be claimed after June 20th, 2019.   

    My student is currently in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and doesn’t currently have ORCA card, will my student be eligible for the Summer extension since he will be a 9th grader next school year?

    • No, only students who were eligible for an ORCA card during the 2019-20 school year are eligible for the Summer extension. Your student will be eligible the first day of 9th grade. 

    Is the student required to be present to pick up their replacement ORCA card?

    • Yes, students may pick up their ORCA card with or without a parent/guardian. Students will need to present their district issued student ID to receive their replacement card.