youth ride transit for free! starting september 1, 2022
We're excited to help announce a new county-wide policy starting Thursday, September 1, 2022 that allows riders 18 and younger to use Metro, Sound Transit and Washington State Ferries for free thanks to Move Ahead Washington, a statewide transportation funding package!
Riders age 13 and older are encouraged to show one of the following to the driver, if they have it:
Youth ORCA Card
Please “tap” your card when you board. On Sound Transit light rail, please also “tap” when you exit.
If you kept the Youth ORCA card issued by your school during the 2021-22 academic year, it will continue to work through June 30, 2023.
Current High School or Middle School Student ID
Youth who do not have one of these can still ride for free.
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.
For more information, visit FreeYouthTransitPass.com.