ORCA LIFT - Reduced Fare for Low-Income Residents | Community Transit


Reduced Fare Through the ORCA LIFT Program

A passenger pays their fare with an ORCA CardCommunity Transit offers a reduced fare for income-elligible residents through the ORCA LIFT Program.

An ORCA card allows riders to pay a reduced bus fare because their household income is less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level, established by the US Dept. of Health & Human Services. 

ORCA LIFT cards are accepted on Community Transit and Everett Transit.

If you already have an ORCA LIFT card, you will automatically be charged the reduced fare.



Community Transit low-income adult fare
This reduced fare is half the regular adult fare for Community Transit service.

For Community Transit service, the ORCA LIFT fare is:

  • $1.25 for all local bus routes (within Snohomish County).
  • $2 for all commuter bus routes (travel to and from King County).

Youth 18 and under ride free on transit. Learn more.

Everett Transit low-income fare

For Everett Transit service, the ORCA LIFT fare:

  • Is $1 for local bus riders.
  • Commuter Route 70 fares will remain the same as Community Transit’s local service, including its new low-income fare category.

How to Get an ORCA LIFT Card

Apply for a new ORCA LIFT or an ORCA LIFT renewal card:


  • Verify your income with a social service provider. To qualify for ORCA LIFT, a residents’ income must be no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services standard. In Snohomish County, the Washington Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) will verify income and issue a card to the eligible individual.

  • Apply in person at one of the DSHS Community Services Offices listed below. Please call ahead to confirm business hours.

  • If you are receiving benefits from the State of Washington (including food, medical, and/or cash benefits), you can apply online.

A renewal card will be mailed to you if we are able to verify your benefits. Your online application will be processed in 7-10 business days. To complete the online application, visit https://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/fares-orca/orca-cards/lift.aspx.

Click for office locations & hours.
  • Load value onto your ORCA LIFT Card/e-Purse online at orcacard.com


Frequently Asked Questions

ORCA LIFT Basic Info

What is ORCA LIFT?
When can I use an ORCA LIFT card on Community Transit and Everett Transit?
Who is eligible for an ORCA LIFT Card?
How much is an ORCA LIFT card?
Can I get an ORCA LIFT card at the Ride Store or another retail outlet?
What is a secret question? (Password)

How to Get an ORCA LIFT Card

What is an eligibility interview?
Where do I go to get an ORCA LIFT card?
I am already enrolled in a DSHS benefits program. How do I get an ORCA LIFT card?
I'm not in a DSHS benefits program. How do I get an ORCA LIFT card?
I lost my ORCA LIFT Card. How do I get a replacement?
What if I don’t want or need DSHS services?
My ORCA LIFT card expires soon, how do I renew it?

How to Use an ORCA LIFT Card

Where can I use an ORCA LIFT card to get a reduced fare?
How do I use ORCA LIFT?
Can I pay the ORCA LIFT reduced fare in cash when I ride the bus?
How do I load an ORCA LIFT card with value?

ORCA LIFT Card: What It Is, What It Isn't

Is ORCA LIFT a flash pass?
Is ORCA LIFT a ride sharing program like Lyft™️ or Uber™️?
Can you use ORCA LIFT on DART paratransit, Vanpool or with an ORCA business account?
What is the difference between a Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) and ORCA LIFT?