Starting Thursday, Sept. 1, if you’re a rider who uses ORCA LIFT to pay for your trips on King County Metro, your fare has been reduced to $1!

Metro, Everett Transit, Kitsap Transit and Sound Transit all now offer $1 ORCA LIFT fares for riders who qualify based on their income.

Because mobility is a human right, Metro believes the ability to pay should never be a barrier to transit. ORCA LIFT allows those who have lower incomes to ride for a reduced fare.

Since ORCA LIFT was launched in 2015, nearly 135,000 people have enrolled in the program. Since then, over the years, 171,000 cards have been issued or renewed, and there are 42,000 current active cardholders. A recent snapshot showed more than 3,000,000 rides are taken using ORCA LIFT every year.

Paying with ORCA LIFT is easy and convenient, you don’t have to worry about having cash to ride.  Just tap your ORCA card and the $1 LIFT fare will be subtracted to pay your fare.

You can go to to find out more about eligibility and how to apply for the program. Or, call Public Health’s Community Health Access Program (CHAP) at 800-756-5437.

If you don’t qualify for ORCA LIFT,  you can go to the ORCA website (  to see if there’s another reduced fare option that would work for you.