ORCA Cards

ORCA cards, the regional transit pass, are available to most students at Shoreline Community College.

The price of the prepaid cards are subsidized through a program funded by a student fee called the Sustainable Commuting Options Fee (SCOF). Program changes made this spring by student government are intended to help make the program easier to use and available to more students.

ORCA cardsThe new ORCA card program is simple: For $125, a registered student taking two or more credits in a quarter can buy a $200 ORCA ePurse card.The student is given an ORCA card that is immediately usable for as long as there is still money on it. The $75 difference is covered by a subsidy funded by the SCOF fee.

An ORCA card is the equivalent of having cash that can be used on all Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and Washington State Ferries.

Purchasers are encouraged to go online at www.orcacard.com and register the card. The SCOF fee subsidizes the initial cost, but once it is purchased, the card is a relationship between the student and the ORCA program, which is administered by King County Metro.

The college cannot refund or replace lost cards. Registering the card allows the owner to use the ORCA-process to get a replacement card.

SCOF-subsidized ORCA ePurse cards are available for purchase three business days before the start of each quarter. Sales of subsidized cards will stop each quarter on the last to drop a class and receive a “W” grade. For summer quarter 2015.  Information about that date for other quarters is available at www.shoreline.edu/calendars.

Regardless of when it is sold, the card and any funds on it don’t expire and may be used between quarters, the following quarter … anytime the card may be used according to ORCA regulations. Students may purchase one card per quarter.

For more information about how ORCA cards work, go to www.orcacard.com


What is an ORCA Card?

  • ORCA (“One Regional Card for All”) cards are an all-access pass for public transportation in the Greater Seattle area. ORCA is accepted on Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and Washington State Ferries. ORCA has several options, including:
      • E-purse – Pay as you go with the fare due for your ride deducted from your card balance. E-purse is used like cash to pay your fare. E-purse can be used in combination with a pass.
      • Regional pass – Get a flat rate for everything as you can travel on bus, light rail or train services in the region for a calendar month. Purchase the trip value you need for unlimited rides on one or more of the participating agencies services. It can be used in combination with E-purse.
      • Agency pass – If you know you will be staying close to home, an agency pass covers multiple rides on a specific agency’s transit services for a calendar month.
      • Combination – For maximum flexibility, you load your ORCA card with E-purse and the regional pass or agency pass. You’ll be able to cover fares you need to pay, transfers that require additional payment or pay a companion fare.

 Which card can I buy at Shoreline?

  • ORCA cards through Shoreline’s SCOF-subsidized program are e-Purse cards. After your purchase, you may make adjustments online at www.orcacard.com.

Who is eligible?

  • Most Shoreline students taking two or more credits are eligible to buy a subsidized ORCA card. Some students who have the Sustainable Commuter Option Fee waived are not eligible.

How much does it cost?

  • The cost is $125 for a $200 ORCA card. Shoreline Community College offers ORCA cards subsidized by the Sustainable Commuter Option Fee (SCOF).

When can I buy one?

  • Shoreline SCOF-subsidized cards are available from three business days before the first day of a quarter until the last day to withdraw from a class with a “W” grade for that particular quarter. To find that date, go to www.shoreline.edu/calendars.

Where can I buy one?

  • On campus at the Cashier’s Office windows, second floor of the 5000 Building (FOSS).

How many can I buy?

  • One per quarter per student.

Can I buy one online?

  • Currently, ORCA cards through Shoreline’s SCOF-subsidized program are not available online. All other ORCA card services are online at www.orcacard.com.

What do I need to bring?

  • Photo identification (Shoreline student ID, driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Proof that you have registered for classes
  • $125. Cash, check, money order and credit/debit cards are accepted.

 When is the card valid?

  • The card is activated immediately upon purchase and can be used at any time for ORCA services. As long as there are funds on the card, you can use it.

Are you going to run out of cards?

  • Under a previous program, the college did run out of cards. This program anticipates making more subsidized cards available to students.

What if I stop taking classes at Shoreline?

  • Of course, we want you to stay, but we know life sometimes gets in the way. You bought the card and it is yours. If you must leave, use it to come back to Shoreline when you’re ready.

What if I lose the card?

  • Go to www.orcacard.com. That’s why it’s important to immediately register the card. Shoreline cannot replace lost cards.

Can I get a refund?

  • The college cannot replace or refund lost or damaged cards. Go to www.orcacard.com. In some cases, ORCA may offer a refund, minus an administrative fee.