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ORCA LIFT makes riding transit more affordable. Income-qualified riders can save up to 50% or more on Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Sound Transit Link, Sound Transit Regional Express buses, Sounder Trains, King County Water Taxi, and Seattle Streetcar.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)

On average, recipients save:

$50 / Month

To apply, it may take you about:

30 Minutes

The average response time is about:

1 Week

How it works

Once you qualify for the ORCA LIFT program, you'll receive an ORCA LIFT card registered to your name, with the same features every ORCA card has. You can load an E-purse value on your card to pay for trips one at a time, or load a discounted monthly pass that lets you take unlimited trips for an entire month. But what makes ORCA LIFT special is you have all the power and convenience of the ORCA card system at a fraction of the cost.

With the ORCA LIFT card, income-qualified riders can save up to 50 percent or more on: Metro Transit buses, Kitsap Transit buses, Sound Transit Link light rail, Sound Transit Regional Express buses, Sounder Trains, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar


  • People with household income of less than double the federal poverty level (as established by US Health and Human Services Department) qualify for ORCA LIFT.

  • To get an ORCA LIFT card, you must be between 19 and 64 years of age. Children six through 18 are eligible for an ORCA youth card, which may be obtained free of charge by LIFT cardholders, and those 65 and older are eligible for a Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) card. People with disabilities may qualify for the RRFP card.

Stuff you'll need

  • Proof of Identity

  • Proof of income ONLY if you do not currently receive Food Stamps (EBT), Apple Health Care (Medicaid), or TANF


Call: (206) 553-3000

How to apply

ORCA LIFT is offered through King County Metro. You can apply in-person (use use King County's website to find enrollment locations) or over the phone:

Apply online:


Printable application form:


Apply by email:


Apply by mail:


Apply by phone:

(206) 553-3000

Apply in-person

Call 206-553-3000 or 800-756-5437, or use King County's website to find enrollment locations (

Apply by fax: