It’s easier than ever for businesses to help their employees ride transit with ORCA — One Regional Card for All. The ORCA card works like cash or a pass, automatically tracking the value of different fares and transfers. Riders can pay with ORCA for services on all seven of the major regional transit agencies including Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, and Washington State Ferries.

ORCA for Business enables businesses to pick the transit products that best fit their employee and business needs while providing the tools to make it easier to manage their transportation programs.

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Special offer: ORCA Business Incentive

For a limited time, small businesses can enjoy big transit benefits at a lower cost with the ORCA Business Incentive. Does your Snohomish County business employ fewer than 100 people? Businesses new to the program can save 50% off first-year ORCA Passport contracts (up to the first 50 employees) and 25% off when renewing for a second year. Empower your employees and save on transit. 

Eligible businesses in our service area can apply. Please note that businesses located in the city limits of Everett are not in our service area.

Fill out the form at the bottom of this page if you’re interested and we’ll follow up with you.

ORCA for Business Incentive savings

Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation (“Community Transit”) is offering transit incentives to qualified small businesses (including non-profits) through its ORCA Business Incentive Program (“Program”). The Program is intended to help eligible small businesses provide their employees with subsidized transit passes through the ORCA Business Passport program. Through the Program, Community Transit will provide a fifty percent (50%) discount of the amount qualifying small businesses contribute to purchasing employee transit passes, up to 50 participants per eligible business. 

The goal of the Program is to encourage employees who receive an ORCA card through the Program to switch from single-occupancy, drive-alone transportation to public transit or other mobility alternatives to driving alone. Through the Program, Community Transit also hopes to encourage participating employers to continue to provide ORCA transit pass subsidies to their employees after the business’s participation in the Program has ended. 

The Program is available to eligible small businesses (including non-profits) located in Community Transit’s Snohomish County public transportation benefit area. 

Program eligibility requirements

To be eligible to participate in the Program, a business must meet the following requirements: 

  1. The business must have fewer than 100 benefit-eligible employees at its participating worksite(s) and must at a minimum cover all benefit-eligible employees except those who work 100% remote;
  2. The business must subsidize at least fifty percent (50%) of the cost of its employees’ transit passes; 
  3. The fifty percent (50%) ORCA Business Incentive subsidy applies to the business’s expense for up to 50 employees’ transit passes;
  4. The business must NOT have previously participated in the ORCA Business Passport program; 
  5. The business must be located in Community Transit’s Snohomish County public transportation benefit area; 
  6. The business must complete a pre-Program survey of at least fifty percent (50%) of its participating employees prior to distributing ORCA passes to employees;
  7. The business must facilitate pre-Program awareness and education about ORCA card use and benefits including but not limited to an orientation meeting or webinar and distributing print and/or digital materials to all eligible participants; 
  8. If the business exits the program after year one, The business must assist employees transition to individually owned ORCA cards including hosting a tabling event with Community Transit staff and/or distributing information; and
  9. An authorized representative of the business must sign a Program Participation Agreement to receive incentive funds. 

Additional program terms and conditions

(3.1) Voluntary Participation. Participation in the Program is strictly voluntary. 

(3.2) No Partnership or Joint Venture. No partnership, joint venture, employer-employee or agent-principal relationship is formed with Community Transit either by this Agreement or by participation in the Program. 

(3.3) Personal Information. Public access to any personal information that may be received through this Agreement is subject to the Washington Public Records Act, Chapter 42.56 RCW and the Community Transit Privacy policy found at communitytransit.org/privacy-policy. Personal information may be shared with third parties, such as Community Transit consultants for the purpose of data analysis. 

(3.4) Indemnification. The participating business, in consideration of the request and permission to participate in the Program and any funds received through the Program, hereby assumes full responsibility and all risk of injury or loss, including without limitation, financial loss or personal injury, including death, which may result from participation in the Program. Neither Community Transit nor any officer, official, or employee thereof shall be responsible for any damage or liability occurring by reason of any action or omission by the undersigned participating business under or in connection with this Agreement. The participating business hereby agrees to hold harmless, release, waive, forever discharge, and covenant not to sue or bring claims against Community Transit, its officers, officials, agents, or employees. The terms of this release shall serve as a release and assumption of risks for business’s successors, executors, and administrators. 

The participating business shall fully indemnify, defend, and hold Community Transit, its officers, officials, agents, and employees harmless from and against any and all liability and expenses, including without limitation, defense costs, any costs or liability on account of bodily injury, death or personal injury of any person or for damage to or loss of risk of property, and any legal fees and any claims for damages of any nature whatsoever arising out of the participating business’s participation in the Program, including without limitation: 

  1. Breach of the business's obligations under this Agreement; or 
  2. Any act or omission of the business, or its employees, officers, agents, or subcontractors in connection with its participation in the Program. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to give rights to any person or entity that is not a party to this Agreement. 

The participating business, by specific mutual negotiation and agreement, expressly waives all immunity and limitation on liability, as respects Community Transit only, under Washington’s Industrial Insurance Act, Chapter 51 RCW, or any other industrial insurance or workers’ compensation act, disability benefit act, or other employee benefit act of any jurisdiction which would otherwise be applicable in the case of such claim, to the fullest extent necessary to provide Community Transit with a full and complete indemnity of claims made by the participating business’s employees. 

The provisions of Section 3.4 (Indemnification) shall survive the expiration or termination of this Agreement. 

(3.5) Term of Agreement. The Agreement shall be effective as of the date the participating business signs this Agreement and shall remain effective until Community Transit terminates the Agreement or upon the participating business’s completion of all commitments and obligations under this Agreement. 

(3.6) Reservation of Rights and Reimbursement of Funds. Community Transit reserves the right to establish a wait list for Program enrollment, change the Program, or cancel the Program at any time, without obligation, at the sole discretion of Community Transit. Community Transit reserves the right to deny funding for any businesses and to terminate the funding for the Program if Community Transit deems that it is in the best interest of the agency to do so. Any violation of the Program Participation Eligibility Requirements or failure to comply with the Terms and Conditions of this Agreement will require that the participating business reimburse all Program incentive funds received pursuant to this Agreement. 

(3.7) Information Sharing. Community Transit is authorized under this Agreement to provide its subcontractors, consultants, and agents any information related to business’s participation in the Program. 

Offer valid through June 30, 2024.

Commuter Tax Benefits and ORCA Business Programs

Providing commuter benefits can help employers save on taxes while supporting sustainable transit options. Learn more about commuter tax benefits. 

Program options for ORCA Business

ORCA Business Passport

ORCA Business Passport provides a cost-effective, comprehensive, annual transportation pass program that gives employees choices for their commute.  More than just a bus pass, ORCA Business Passport gives every employee at your business access to transit, rail, vanpool, and Guaranteed Ride Home service.

What is included in Business Passport?
  • Unlimited rides on six regional transit agencies (Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, and Sound Transit).
  • Unlimited access to the Sounder Commuter Rail, Link Light Rail, Seattle Center monorail, the Seattle streetcar, King County Water Taxi, and Kitsap Fast Ferry.
  • Includes vanpool and vanshare fare subsidy on Community Transit, Kitsap Transit, King County Metro Transit and Pierce Transit.
  • Guaranteed Ride Home – six emergency taxi rides home a year.

ORCA Business Passport allows companies with five or more employees to offer multiple commute options to all of their employees for one low price. If your company has more than 500 employees, then we will work with you to create a customized Passport program.

Learn more about Business Passport

ORCA Business Choice

ORCA Business Choice provides you with a flexible option for providing your employees with a transit benefit.  With Business Choice you can provide ORCA cards to as few or as many cardholders as you choose and you can load the cards with a variety of product options:

  • A menu of monthly transit passes that provide the service your employees need on seven regional transit agencies.
  • E-purse that allows employees to pay on a per-trip basis.
  • E-voucher allows a business to provide a set value that their employees can convert to an e-purse or monthly pass. If the voucher goes unused for 30 days, the value is refunded to your company.

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Business Choice vs. Business Passport

Business Choice
Business Passport
Business payment cadenceMonthlyAnnually
Number of employees at your business1 or more5 or more
Cost per year
(for a Community Transit unlimited bus pass)
$1,080$50–62 per employee
( See current pricing here)
Minimum payments onto an employee ORCA card$5$50–62 per employee annually
( See current pricing here)
Minimum employees you must enroll1All benefits-eligible employees
100% unlimited bus, rail, vanpool?NoYes
Includes 6 Emergency Guaranteed Ride Home taxi rides?NoYes

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