ORCA LIFT = Big Savings

Do you use transit in Seattle? If so, the ORCA LIFT card could help you save money to get to school or work, run errands, or go anywhere else around town.

ORCA LIFT helps to make living in Seattle more affordable. The average Seattle household spends 17 percent of its budget on transportation, more than food or health care. With ORCA LIFT, you can lower that amount. To qualify for ORCA LIFT, check to see if your income matches the figures below.
Orca Lift Household Income Chart

ORCA LIFT reduces the cost of transit to $1.50 for most trips in Seattle, including all King County Metro buses, one-county Sound Transit express buses, Seattle Street-car, and Link Light Rail from UW to Seatac. The card also makes transferring between these and more options easy and seamless.

The card is valid for two years, regardless of changes in your income. Enroll at one of the many sites throughout Seattle, including Public Health Centers of Seattle and King County, certain Catholic Community Services locations, Compass Housing Alliance, El Centro de la Raza, Global to Local, Multi-service Center, ReWA, WithinReach, and YWCA (dates and times vary).


After you get your card, you can load it with E-purse or a monthly pass for $54 (for $1.50 trips). The monthly pass is a great value if you take more than 36 transit trips a month or four round-trip rides a week. And loading the card is convenient: Do it online or in person at ticket vending machines, transit centers, light rail stations, and at retailers including Safeway or QFC across Seattle.