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Transportation Subsidies for South Students

Funded by the Transportation Management Fee, South Seattle College subsidizes many different transportation options for students. South students can save money, save the environment, and relieve stress.

ORCA cards

The SSC-issued ORCA Card is a transit pass that is accepted by all 6 Puget Sound regional transit authorities. The pass can be used for travel during peak and off-peak times without zone-restrictions. Students can purchase the ORCA card from the cashier in the student services portion of the Robert Smith building.

Card Value:

  • Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring: $250

All students ($125).

Students may purchase either an ORCA Card or Parking Permit, but not both.
Fee is charged when requesting a transit pass.

Lost / Stolen / Misplaced ORCA cards:
South Transportation Services Office and management are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced ORCA cards and bus pass. PLEASE TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR PASS.


King County Metro Transit now offers a reduced fare of $1.50 per trip for riders that qualify for the ORCA LIFT program. ORCA LIFT cards are a separate program from the standard ORCA cards available to students and staff through Transportation Services at South. Students are encouraged to transfer the funds from their South-issued ORCA card ($250) to an ORCA LIFT card, if they are eligible. This can be accomplished either at the Westlake Station, Jackson St King County Metro offices, or when an ORCA LIFT representative visits the college (varies by quarter).

Currently, ORCA LIFT reduced fares are offered on King County Metro Transit buses, Sound Transit Link light rail, the Seattle Streetcar, the King County Water Taxi, and Kitsap Transit buses.

For up-to-date information, and to see if you qualify for the ORCA LIFT program, visit King County Metro Transit.

Other Transit Agency Passes

  • SSC students taking 10 or more college credits also have the option of purchasing a pass from another transit agency like Ship-to-Shore or Community Transit and be reimbursed up to $60 quarterly.
  • See the Transportation Coordinator in Robert Smith, room 50 (RSB map) to request reimbursement.
  • SSC students taking under 10 college credits are not eligible for this reimbursement.


  • A carpool is defined as 2 or more individuals commuting together for at least 50% of the carpool's longest individual commute distance.
  • Students must register at the start of each quarter with the Transportation Coordinator in Robert Smith, room 50 (RSB map) and carpool each commute.
  • Registered participants must be old enough to be eligible for a Washington State driver's license.
  • A free Ride Match service is available from Metro to help you form a carpool. Call Metro at 206-625-4500 for more information or apply online at:
  • Zimride is a fun and easy way to share the seats in your car or catch a ride. With Zimride, you can find Seattle College friends, classmates, and co-workers going the same way you are. Find out more at

Websites For Additional Transportation Information