Accessible Services

Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP)

What is the RRFP?

The Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) entitles senior riders (age 65 or older), riders with a disability and Medicare card holders to reduced fares on the following public transportation systems in the Puget Sound region:

  • Metro Transit
  • Community Transit
  • Everett Transit
  • Pierce Transit
  • Intercity Transit
  • Jefferson Transit
  • Skagit Transit
  • Kitsap Transit
  • Sound Transit
  • Mason Transit
  • Washington State Ferries
  • King County Water Taxi
  • South Lake Union Streetcar

With the Regional Reduced Fare Permit, eligible persons do not need to carry more than one permit to receive reduced-fare benefits of multiple systems within the region.

Please note: The RRFP discount is not applicable on our ADA Paratransit Program.

How much does an RRFP cost?

The Regional Reduced Fare Permit costs $3.

The RRFP entitles permit-holders to reduced fares. Each transit agency sets its own reduced fare structure. For Metro fare information, visit fares.

There is no charge to exchange an existing Senior or Permanent RRFP for an ORCA RRFP.

Who is eligible?

Any person who presents proof of one or more of the following conditions can get a Regional Reduced Fare Permit:

  • Is at least 65 years of age.
  • Is now eligible for Social Security disability benefits or now gets Supplemental Security Income Benefits because of disability. (Temporary)
  • Is now certified by the Veterans Administration at a 40 percent or greater disability level.
  • Has a valid Medicare card issued by the Social Security Administration. (Temporary)
  • Has a valid Regional ADA paratransit eligibility letter or card.
  • Has a valid ADA Paratransit eligibility letter or card from outside the region. (Temporary)
  • Has obvious physical impairments meeting one or more of the RRFP Eligibility Criteria.
  • Is certified by a Washington State-licensed physician (M.D.), psychiatrist, psychologist (Ph.D.), Physician Assistant (P.A.), Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (A.R.N.P.), or audiologist (certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association) as meeting one or more of the RRFP Eligibility Criteria. Call Metro at 206-553-3000 (TTY Relay: 711) to get a certification form or use the RRFP Application Form, and have your doctor fill it out before you register.

A Personal Care Attendant Regional Reduced Fare Permit is available for persons who require an aid to facilitate travel all or some of the time.

How do I apply?

Disability RRFP (for persons under 65)

Disability RRFPS are issued in person only.
Persons under 65 who qualify for a permit due to a disability must have their picture taken for the permit when it is issued.

Disability RRFPs can be obtained at:

Come prepared!

  1. Have cash, credit, or a check or money order for $3
  2. Download the Application Form or call Customer Information at 206-553-3000 (TTY Relay: 711) to request an application.
  3. Complete the FRONT of the application form and sign it
  4. Bring along:
    • the BACK of the Application Form completed by a Washington State-licensed physician (M.D.), psychiatrist, psychologist (Ph.D.), physician assistant (P.A.), advanced registered nurse practitioner (A.R.N.P.), or audiologist (certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association) as meeting one or more of the RRFP Eligibility Criteria OR
    • a valid Medicare card issued by the Social Security Administration (temporary) OR
    • a valid Regional ADA paratransit eligibility letter or card OR
    • a valid ADA Paratransit eligibility letter or card from outside the region (temporary).
  5. Also bring one of the following photo identification documents:
    • a state driver identification license OR
    • a state identification card (expired cards acceptable); OR
    • a passport.

Senior RRFPs (for persons 65 and over)

Senior RRFPs can be obtained either in person or by mail. Pictures are not required for the Senior RRFP.

In Person

Senior RRFPs can be obtained in person at:

Come prepared!

  1. Have cash, credit, or a check or money order for $3
  2. Download the Application Form or call Customer Information at 206-553-3000 (TTY Relay: 711) to request an application.
  3. Complete ONLY the FRONT of the application form and sign it.
  4. Bring along:
    • a state driver identification license or identification card (expired cards acceptable); OR
    • a birth certificate; OR
    • a passport; OR
    • any state or federal document that contains your name and birthdate.
By Mail

Senior RRFPs can be obtained by mail using the application form.

  1. Enclose a check or money order for $3 made payable to Metro Transit.
  2. Download the Application Form or call Customer Information at 206-553-3000 (TTY Relay: 711) to request an application.
  3. Complete ONLY the FRONT of the application form and sign it.
  4. Enclose a COPY of one of the following to verify your age:
    • a state driver identification license or I.D. card (expired cards acceptable); OR
    • a birth certificate; OR
    • a passport; OR
    • any state or federal document that contains your name and birthdate.
  5. Mail completed RRFP Application Form to:
    • Metro Transit
      KSC-TR-0102
      201 S Jackson St
      Seattle, WA 98104-3856

How does an RRFP work on the ORCA card?

Paying with an ORCA RRFP

An RRFP on an ORCA card allows you to receive reduced fares on all participating transit systems. You may either present your ORCA RRFP to the driver and pay the reduced fare in cash, or load your ORCA RRFP with a PugetPass or E-purse and pay by tapping the ORCA card reader.

Transfers and ORCA RRFP

Paying your fare with a valid ORCA RRFP loaded with a PugetPass or E-purse provides automatic transfers within two hours on participating transit systems. Metro drivers will provide paper transfers upon request for those that pay cash. Paper transfers are valid only on Metro buses.

Monthly PugetPass on an ORCA RRFP

You may load a monthly PugetPass onto your ORCA RRFP to pay your reduced fares. Since reduced fares on Metro are 75¢ per trip, you will need to purchase a $27 PugetPass.

A Monthly PugetPass is available:

The PugetPass on an ORCA RRFP will cover your fare on King County Metro buses, and will automatically get you reduced fares on all participating transit systems and apply 75¢ towards any trip taken. (Credit does not apply to trips on Washington State Ferries.) If the fare on other systems is more than 75¢ you will need to pay the difference.

Load a Monthly PugetPass Automatically

Set-up Autoload to automatically load a new or existing PugetPass onto your ORCA card each month.

The Autoload function will activate about 24 hours after your request is processed and you first tap your card.

Where is the ORCA RRFP issued?

Exchanging a Senior RRFP

Seniors may trade in their old Regional Reduced Fare Permits at our Customer Information Offices and ORCA To-Go mobile sales events.

You can trade in your old Senior Regional Reduced Fare Permit for an ORCA RRFP at any time. Just mail or bring in your old permit, and we'll give you an ORCA RRFP at no charge.

Exchanging a Permanent RRFP

Permanent Regional Reduced Fare Permits are available at the King Street Center Customer Information Office and ORCA To-Go mobile sales events.

You can trade in your old Permanent Regional Reduced Fare Permit for an ORCA RRFP at any time. Just bring in your old permit, and we'll give you an ORCA RRFP at no charge.

Temporary RRFP

New Temporary RRFP card holders will always get an ORCA RRFP card.

Getting an ORCA RRFP without an existing RRFP card

See "How do I apply?" above.

Important information about your Regional Reduced Fare Permit

To buy a monthly pass, customers need an ORCA Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) card.

You can exchange your current RRFP for an ORCA RRFP at no charge at one of our Customer Information Offices or:

By Mail: (Senior RRFPs only)

  • King County Metro Customer
    Information Office

    MS KSC-TR-0102
    201 S. Jackson St
    Seattle, WA
    98104-3856

Questions? Comments?

If you have questions or comments about the Regional Reduced Fare Permit, contact Customer Information at 206-553-3000. TTY users please dial the Washington State Relay Service at 711. You can also send us an e-mail.