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ORCA Card Distribution for 2021-22

Unclaimed ORCA Cards have been returned to the district. Please see the Attendance Secretary Ms. March on the 2nd floor for any questions or to help with lost cards.

Please fill out the Conditions of Use form to receive an ORCA card.

Questions? Email and visit the SPS ORCA Card Information

Magnolia Shuttle Bus Information

Shuttle Route 1007-T

SPS Summary: Beginning on Monday, October 18, 2021, Seattle Public Schools will be suspending approximately 142 bus routes including the morning Ballard HS Shuttle bus 1007. Some students take the #31 Metro bus in Magnolia to the D-Line south of the Magnolia Bridge on 15th Ave to school if this is an option to look into for your student. 

If you have questions about shuttle service, please contact transportation by phone at 206-252-0900 or by e-mail to or visit the SPS Transportation Shuttle page for more information.

Metro Reminders

Always wear a mask while riding and waiting at the bus stop. The mask should fit above your nose, below your chin, and snugly against your face.

Allow extra time to reach school and when leaving school. Some bus trips might be too full to carry more riders because of required physical distancing. Metro is working to add bus service where possible.

Your safety is our top priority. Metro currently requires masks, has passenger limits and physical distancing, disinfects daily, encourages contact-less payment, and has upgraded air filters on all buses. 


Seattle Public Schools provides free transportation for students who live within their school attendance area but outside the school’s walk zone.

If a student is placed in a program, such as deaf and hard of hearing services, that is not available in your neighborhood (attendance) area school, transportation is usually provided. 

Transportation Eligibility Guidelines

  • Elementary and K-8 schools have a 1-mile walk boundary. Eligible students are provided service primarily on yellow school buses.
  • Middle schools have a 2-mile walk boundary. Service is either by yellow school bus or ORCA card for the Metro.
  • High schools have a 2-mile walk boundary. Service is provided with an ORCA card.

Use our school attendance and option school transportation area maps to see if your child is eligible for transportation. 

ORCA Cards for City Bus/Metro Service

High school and eligible middle school students at Seattle Public Schools receive a free, unlimited ORCA card valid through August 31, 2022. 

The ORCA cards provide no cost, unlimited transit on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit, and Seattle Center Monorail. The ORCA cards may not be used on Washington State Ferries.

Learn more about Seattle’s ORCA Opportunity Youth Program.

Safe Routes to School

Biking and walking are great ways to get to school. Use the City of Seattle interactive map to find safe walking and biking routes to your school.

Delayed Bus

Bus routes are sometimes delayed due to traffic, weather, construction, or other situations.

If your bus is late, we recommend your student stay at the bus stop. Please create a plan and discuss with your student what to do if their bus is late.

View today’s bus routes that are reported as running at least 15 minutes late.