The Department of Student Life, in partnership with Associated Student Government (ASG) and Pierce Transit, launched the Community & Technical College (CTC) Bus Pass pilot program available to all eligible CPTC students.
As a result of the discounted bus pass program, which started in January 2017, and Student Council’s participation in transit sponsored open forums and board meetings over concerns to route changes, Pierce Transit identified CPTC as the lead community and technical college in the county to partner within modeling a pilot program designed for all students.
The program is now in its second year.
What is it?
Beginning with the Spring 2017 quarter, all CPTC students will be able to ride the Pierce Transit bus system within the county by swiping their CPTC ORCA Card when boarding the Pierce Transit bus.
IMPORTANT: Students must pick up a new CPTC ORCA Card each quarter. We'll be putting the current quarter sticker on each card we distribute to students so you don't get confused between quarters.
Quarterly CPTC ORCA Card Distribution
You can pick up your Fall Quarter 2019 CPTC ORCA Card in the Student Leadership & Service Center in Building 23 during the following date/times:
During Fall Quarter (September 23 – December 11, 2019)
- Monday - Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Friday, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Student Leadership & Service Center will be closed during the Summer break, September 3-20 and be open on September 23 at 7:30 a.m.
What do I need to bring to get a CPTC ORCA Card?
Please bring your CPTC Student ID along with a copy of your upcoming quarter schedule to obtain your CPTC ORCA Card. If you are a new student and do not currently possess a CPTC student ID, you can have one printed at that time.
Enrolled CPTC students who pay Service & Activities (S&A) Fees or have an applicable waiver approved by CPTC and are currently taking classes are eligible to participate in this program. Beginning April 1, NWCTHS students who are not enrolled in any additional CPTC college classes are eligible for a bus pass. The following student classifications are not eligible to participate in this bus pass program because they do not pay S&A Fees:
- Outside programs, agencies, workforce training and contracts (i.e. INVISTA)
- Continuing education classes
If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact us at email@example.com or 253-589-5780.
There are no out of pocket costs for CPTC students. This initiative is funded through the Associated Student Government and Services and Activities Fees paid by all CPTC students at time of registration.
You must be a currently enrolled student at CPTC to receive a CPTC ORCA Card. Each quarter, students will need to pick up a new CPTC ORCA Card from the Student Leadership & Service Center and verify their status as a student for that quarter.
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