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Student Bus Passes

To begin the process to receive a bus pass, please schedule this service. To ensure your request is not delayed, please be sure to submit all required detailed when scheduling your appointment. 

To avoid on campus interactions, you may elect to have your bus passed mailed to you by submitting an online request form

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Program Overview

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.

What is it?

Beginning with the Spring 2017 quarter, all currently enrolled 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: All CPTC ORCA Cards that have been issued during the 2020-2021 school year will remain active moving into the 2021-2022 school year, as long as you remain enrolled in CPTC classes.

CPTC ORCA Card Distribution

You can request your CPTC ORCA Card by scheduling this service and selecting a pick-up time at the Student Leadership & Service Center or submitting an online request form to have the card mailed to you. 

What do I need to bring to get a CPTC ORCA Card?

Please bring your CPTC Student ID along with a copy of your class 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.

Eligibility

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, 2019 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 involvement@cptc.edu or 253-589-5780.

Cost

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.

Quarterly Verification

You must be a currently enrolled student at CPTC to receive a CPTC ORCA Card. Each quarter, department staff will verify your student status and eligibility. Any student who is not enrolled in the current quarter will receive official communication of a card deactivation date. 

CPTC FAQs

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 Quarterly CPTC ORCA Cards are available by either scheduling an appointment at the Student Leadership & Service Center or getting one mailed to you

Please bring your CPTC Student ID along with a copy of your current class 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.

CPTC ORCA Card's will be available five business days prior to the start of the quarter unless otherwise noted.

Students who attend classes on the South Hill Campus are also eligible to ride the bus free with a CPTC ORCA Card. South Hill Campus students must have a CPTC ORCA Card in order to ride, which can be obtained at the Student Leadership & Service Center in Bldg 23 during normal operating hours as noted above or by submitting an online request and having it mailed directly to you. Currently Pierce Transit does not have a stop near the South Hill Campus, but they are continually looking for ways to provide and improve access to students. If you have any questions or would like to provide some feedback about transportation to South Hill Campus, please contact the Department of Student Life at involvement@cptc.edu or 253-589-5734.

Pierce Transit FAQs

Pierce Transit has a great trip planning tool that you can use to map the best routes for your travels within Pierce County.

Bus Routes 402, 500 & 501 travel to Federal Way and are included in this student bus pass.

Students that meet the eligibility requirements of Pierce Transit’s SHUTTLE shared-ride service would be included in this student bus pass. For more information about this service, please visit the Pierce Transit SHUTTLE website.

Yes! Two third-party apps that are great for tracking and monitoring buses include One Bus Away and Transit App.

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