Recovery Card

ORCA Recovery Card

UPDATE (6/24/21): Distribution on Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27, and Monday 6/28 are CANCELLED due to extreme heat this weekend.

We will be adding TWO new distributions on Thursday 7/01 and Friday 7/02 from 1:30pm-4:30pm. If you are concerned about getting your ORCA card, please email or call/ text ((206) 256-6722. Thank you!


In November 2020, Seattle voters approved STBD Proposition 1. The six-year proposition included an ordinance asking the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to support transportation access for Essential Workers in Seattle. 

What is the ORCA Recovery Card?

The ORCA Recovery Card is a temporary, no-cost, fully-subsidized ORCA card provided to food service and grocery/ convenience store employees who work at a business in Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District, including Chinatown, Little Saigon, and Japantown. The pass is valid for use on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Seattle Center Monorail, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, and Everett Transit. The ORCA cards may not be used on Washington State Ferries. 

The Seattle Department of Transportation will provide up to 2,000 cards to eligible employees. 

How Can I Get a Card?

In order to receive a card, you need to complete a registration form. You can do this online prior to the distribution event or in person at the event. The form is available in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, and English. You can access the online form HEREPlease note that completing the registration form does not guarantee that you will receive a card, as distribution will still be first-come, first-served. Pre-registration is simply meant as a way to support a quicker pick-up option.

Can I Pick Up Cards for my Employees?

If you are a manager, supervisor, or owner, you may pick up cards for your employees. We ask that all employees complete their own registration form, and these must be filled out prior to card pickup. If you are picking up a card for your employees, you will need to provide the following:

  1. Proof of Your Employment** 
  2. A list of names of employees who you are picking up cards for

**You only need to provide proof of your own employment if you are picking up cards for your employees.

Distribution Dates and Times:

Table identifying distribution site, address, and times

Does Your Business Qualify for the Recovery Card?

In order for a business to qualify for the ORCA Recovery Card, it must meet three requirements: 

  1. It must reside within the geographic boundary outlined HERE
  2. The business must not have more than 5 locations in the City of Seattle
  3. The business cannot already provide a comparable transportation benefit. 

Additional Questions? 

Please reference our FAQ, available in five languages below:


简体字 (Simplified Chinese)

繁體字 (Traditional Chinese)


Tiếng Việt