Starting September 1, 2022, people 18 and younger can take transit for free thanks to Move Ahead Washington, a statewide transportation funding package. We are excited to bring the freedom of transit to a new generation!
Starting Sept 1, all youth can ride transit for free. Riders age 13-18 are encouraged to use an ORCA card if they have one. If you don’t have one, you can get one from your school at the start of the school year.
Youth who do not have an ORCA card can still ride for free. Children age 12 and under do not need an ORCA card.
In 2023 and beyond, youth will be directed to get a Free Youth Transit Pass that allows them to tap a card—or eventually their smartphone—to access transit across the region for free.
Across the Puget Sound region, youth can ride free on any of the following transit agencies. (Free youth transit starts on Sept. 1 unless otherwise noted.)
Skagit Transit also allows free rides for youth 18 and under but does not use the ORCA card.
The Washington State Legislature passed the Move Ahead Washington transportation package in spring 2022. As part of this package, transit agencies are awarded new funding provided they adopt a policy that passengers 18 years of age and younger may ride free of charge on any mode operated by the transit agency.
On August 4, the Community Transit Board of Directors voted to allow passengers ages 18 and under to RIDE FREE on all Community Transit services starting Sept. 1.
This means free rides to get to school, meet up with friends, get to work, go shopping… where will your Free Youth Transit Pass take you?