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Youth Ride Free!

Posted on August 30, 2022

Starting September 1, all youth in Washington will be able to ride transit for free (you read that right)!

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Through Move Ahead Washington, riders statewide age 18 and younger can now hop on transit without spending a dime. Local transit agencies are still requesting that these riders tap an ORCA card when riding. Here’s what that entails (From King County Metro):

  • 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, without tapping.
  • 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, please visit the page on youth ride free.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Alex


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