ORCA Cards

What is an ORCA Card? What can it be used for?

ORCA (“One Regional Card for All”) cards are an all-access pass for public transportation in the Greater Seattle area. Shoreline Community College offers ORCA cards subsidized by the Sustainable Commuter Option Fee (SCOF). These cards are available at the beginning of Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters. They can be used to ride public transportation for free by tapping the cards on small electronic readers.

ORCA cards can be used for:
• Bus service on all regular Metro, Community, Everett, Kitsap, Pierce, and Sound Transit services
• Regular service on Sound Transit Link Light Rail and Sound Transit Sounder Commuter Rail (including Rail Plus partnership with Amtrak Cascades)
• Regular service on Seattle Lake Union Streetcar
• Regular service on King County Water Taxi (Vashon and West Seattle routes)
• Regular service on Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry (Port Orchard and Annapolis routes)
• Access Transportation service through Kitsap Transit and Metro Transit (eligible riders only)

How much does it cost? When is it valid?

Each quarter, you must purchase a new ORCA card from the Cashier’s office (5200 building). The cards are active beginning and ending on the dates listed in the table below. After a card has expired, you can throw away the card. The costs vary by the length of the quarter.

Quarter Cost Cards Available Sale Begins Period Valid*
Summer 2014 $100 350 6/21/2014 6/23/2014 through 8/14/2014
Fall 2014 $150 650 9/22/2014 9/24/2014 through 12/11/2014
Winter 2015 $140 650 1/3/2015 1/5/2015 through 3/20/2015
Spring 2015 $140 650 3/28/2015 3/13/2015 through 6/12/2015
*as for 2014-2015, ORCA cards no longer support bus fare during breaks

How can I purchase an ORCA card?

ORCA cards are available for purchase at the beginning of each quarter at the Cashier’s Office, located in the main level of the FOSS 5000 Building (across from Registration/Financial Aid). Bring your Student ID card, payment, and a completed ORCA Cardholder Agreement. You must pay for your card in full to receive it. You must be registered for classes and have paid tuition or set up a tuition payment plan before the pass can be purchased.
There are a limited amount of ORCA cards available, and they are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Who are eligible for the bus passes?

Most students are eligible for an SCC ORCA card. However, some students who have the Sustainable Commuter Option Fee waived are not eligible to receive an SCC bus pass. If unsure, check your tuition/fees receipt for the Sustainable Commuter Option Fee.

What if I stop taking classes at SCC before the quarter is over?

Students ceasing to study at SCC must return their ORCA cards to the cashiering office, and the cards will be disabled. They will receive a refund of the amount that they paid for the card according to the college’s standard refund schedule (the same percentages and days that are used for tuition and fees).

What if I lost my ORCA card?

Students can order a replacement card for $5 at the FOSS 5000 building.

Shoreline Community College ORCA cards receive a student-funded subsidy, paid for by the Sustainable Commuter Option Fee (SCOF). Cards are contributed to you by the Student Body Association, Cashier’s Office, and the Administration. Please contact the SBA Minister of Finance (StudentFinance@shoreline.edu) if you have any questions.

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