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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.

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