Free Ferry and Bus Rides for Kids - Starting Fall 2022

August 26, 2022

Move Ahead Washington is a statewide transportation funding package that provides funding for transit agencies to implement free fares to riders eighteen (18) years of age and younger. 

Starting this fall, youth can ride FREE on Kitsap Transit (starting September 1) and Washington State Ferries (starting October 1), among other participating transits in the Puget Sound region. WSF free rides for kids includes cyclists, pedestrians and vehicle passengers (not vehicles).


Parents or guardians can ride FREE on Kitsap Transit buses and ferries with their children during the month of September as they help youth learn how to ride. During September, parents/guardians with ORCA cards should NOT tap their card when they board. However, youth with ORCA cards should tap their cards. Youth without a Youth ORCA card may be asked to show school ID but will still be able to ride for free.


According to, riders age 13 and older are encouraged to show one of the following, 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 have a 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

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.

Youth who do not have one of these can still ride for free.

Puget Sound area participating agencies:

  • Kitsap Transit
  • Washington State Ferries
  • Everett Transit 
  • Community Transit 
  • King County Metro 
  • Pierce Transit 
  • Seattle Streetcar 
  • Sound Transit