Proposed Community Transit Low-Income Fare (ORCA LIFT)

A passenger pays their fare with an ORCA CardCommunity Transit is proposing a reduced fare for low-income residents.

The fare would be half the price of a regular adult fare and would match the current reduced fare offered to seniors and disabled customers.

Under the program, customers would need to verify their income with a social service provider. To qualify, residents’ income must be no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services standard. Eligible residents would need to use an ORCA LIFT card to pay the reduced fare.

The proposal is open for public comment through March 8, with a public hearing at the Community Transit Board of Directors meeting at 3 p.m. on March 7.

If adopted, the program would go into effect on July 1. Community Transit would join King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit and Sound Transit as Puget Sound area transit agencies with low-income fares. Everett Transit has a low-income fare proposal that would also go into effect on July 1, if approved.

Download PDF of ORCA LIFT info

Download PDF of ORCA LIFT Title VI Analysis


Under the proposal, the low-income reduced fare for local buses would be $1.25 for all riders. The low-income reduced fare for commuter buses would be $2 for all riders.

Type of Bus ServiceAdultYouthReduced: DisabledReduced: SeniorReduced: Low Income
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Public Comment

The public is invited to comment on this proposal by March 8 through these channels:

You can ask questions about the low-income fare proposal by joining the Community Transit Live webcasts at
Noon on Feb. 12 and March 5 on our Facebook page.

A public hearing before the Community Transit Board of Directors will be held at 3 p.m. March 7 in the
Community Transit Corporate Board Room, 7100 Hardeson Rd., Everett, accessible by Everett Transit Route 8
and Community Transit Route 105.