CPTC ORCA Cards are available by visiting the SLSC in person or by submitting an online Bus Pass Request for it to be mailed. Note: You will have to sign into your CPTC Student Email account to submit this request form.
The Department of Student Life, in partnership with Associated Student Government (ASG) and Pierce Transit, launched the Community & Technical College (CTC) Bus Pass 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?
Since 2017, all currently enrolled CPTC students are 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
Current CPTC students can receive their CPTC ORCA Card by visiting the Student Leadership & Service Center (SLSC) during operating hours. To avoid on campus interactions, students can also request to have their ORCA Card mailed to them by completing an online Bus Pass Request. Note: You will have to sign into your CPTC Student Email account to submit this request form.
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.
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.
NWCTHS students are also eligible for bus passes even if they're not enrolled in any additional CPTC college classes.
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)
- Workforce Education class students
If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-589-5780.
There are no out-of-pocket costs for CPTC students. This initiative is funded through the Associated Student Government (ASG) and Services and Activities Fees paid by all CPTC students at the time of registration.
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.
Students who are not enrolled in the current quarter will receive official communication of a card deactivation date.
CPTC Bus Pass FAQs
CPTC ORCA Cards are available for current students to pick up in person at the Student Leadership & Service Center (SLSC) in Building 23 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 are available for students during SLSC operating hours 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 email@example.com or 253-589-5780.
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.