When schools closed in March, the traditional end-of-year band concerts that showcase a year’s worth of practice and progress were effectively canceled. Rose Hill Middle School (RHMS) Band Instructor, Angela Laulainen got creative during the remote learning period and had her students record their parts at home.
Use an ORCA card to navigate the region
Lake Washington School District encourages the community to take advantage of the many transportation options available to commuters throughout the region. The easiest way to pay for bus, train and ferry options is with the ORCA (one regional card for all) card. The card can be used across Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and Washington State Ferries. The ORCA card is all you need to pay your fare on buses and trains in the Puget Sound region. After you load E-purse (electronic purse) value or a monthly pass on it, your ORCA card works like cash or a pass, automatically tracking the value of different fares and transfers so you don't have to.
Getting a card is easy and is $5 or less. Then just add value, tap and ride with ORCA.
Your ORCA card can be loaded with:
- A regional pass, like a monthly PugetPass.
- A regional day pass. Good for unlimited rides starting at first use through 3 a.m. the next day. Additional fare is required for one-way fares above $3.50 (adult) or $1.75 (reduced fare).
- An agency-specific pass, like Kitsap Transit or Washington State Ferries monthly pass.
- E-purse, short for electronic purse, to use like cash to pay your fare. Store from $5 to $300 E-purse value on your ORCA card.
- A combination of pass and E-purse. Add E-purse to cover any additional fares beyond your monthly pass.
Where can I get a pass?
It’s now easier than ever to purchase youth, senior and Regional Reduced Fair Permit (RRFP) ORCA cards. ORCA To Go will be at Redmond City Hall on the second and fourth Thursday every month from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. ORCA To Go will also be at Kirkland City Hall on the first and third Wednesday every month from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. At these times, customers will have access to full-service ORCA card sales and assistance for purchasing or loading bus fare on to a card. ID is needed at the time of purchase for youth and senior cards. Cash, checks, tranben vouchers, and major credit cards accepted for payment. Check out the King County website for more ORCA To Go dates and times.
Use the following URL to download and/or print an ORCA card order/add value form. Use this form to order a new ORCA card with or without value, add value to a current ORCA card, or replace an adult, low income, youth or senior ORCA card. Just complete and submit this form with payment for the card fee and any value added. Click here to view the form.
ORCA Youth Card
Riding Metro gives kids the freedom to go places and have fun with their friends. An ORCA youth card is available to youth age 6-18. With an ORCA youth card, students can transfer easily to any participating transit agency, they don’t need to carry cash, and can save a lot of money because they get credit for what they already paid for their ride! It allows them to pay only $1.50 for each trip including transferring to other services (within a 2 hour window) like Link light rail, Sound Transit buses, Community Transit and other participating agencies. Visit the King County website for more information on the ORCA Youth Card.