ORCA LIFT

Reduced Fare Through the ORCA LIFT Program

A passenger pays their fare with an ORCA CardAs July 1, 2019, Community Transit offers a reduced fare for low-income 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 already accepted on Community Transit and Everett Transit, but you will pay the full adult fare until July 1, 2019.

If you already have an ORCA LIFT card, you will automatically be charged the reduced fare beginning July 1.

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Fares

Community Transit low-income fare

For Community Transit service, the ORCA LIFT fare is:

  • $1.25 for all local bus riders (routes within Snohomish County).
  • $2 for all commuter bus riders (routes that travel to and from King County).
  • Adults and youth will pay the same low-income fare with an ORCA LIFT card.
  • This reduced fare is half the regular adult fare for Community Transit service.

Everett Transit low-income fare

For Everett Transit service, the ORCA LIFT fare:

  • Is $1.50 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

1. 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.

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

Click for office locations & hours.


3. Load value onto your ORCA LIFT Card/e-Purse. Visit 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

Who is eligible for an ORCA LIFT Card?
Where Do I Go to Get an ORCA LIFT Card?
What do I need to bring to the in-person review?
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?