Low-Income Fare (ORCA LIFT)

A passenger pays their fare with an ORCA CardEffective July 1, 2019, Community Transit will have a reduced fare for low-income residents.

The fare will be half the price of regular adult fare and matches the current reduced fare offered to seniors and disabled customers.

Under the program:

  • Customers 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 need to use an ORCA LIFT card to pay the reduced fare.

The Community Transit Board of Directors approved the proposed reduced fare at its April 4 meeting. The program will go into effect on July 1.

Community Transit will join King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit and Sound Transit as Puget Sound area transit agencies with low-income fares.


Community Transit's 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.

Low Income (NEW)
Seniors (65+)
Local Bus$2.50$1.75$1.25
Commuter Bus$4.25$3.00$2.00
Swift BRT$2.50$1.75$1.25