In 2015, the Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) launched the Youth ORCA Program in cooperation with Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to distribute ORCA cards to income-eligible youth. This program allows eligible middle and high school students who do not receive yellow bus service, ORCA card from SPS, or their household income is less than 200% of the Federal poverty line, receive a free ORCA card with a preloaded transit pass. This is an effort to reduce both the cost burden associated with finding transportation to and from school and the distance income eligible students walk or bike to school. The program distributed ~2,600 cards to eligible high school and middle school students in the 2016/2017 school year. These free passes were only active during the school year, however, Seattle Department of Transportation is currently replacing expiring cards for high school students continuing next year, which provide a transit pass now from July 2017 to August 2018.

Thanks to our newest ORCA Business Passport clients! In July, employees of the following companies will have an unlimited transit pass to get all over town! Center for Children & Youth Justice, New Engen, The Amplifier, EGM, New Engen, Shook, Hardy & Bacon