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Edmonds Community College and Central Washington University, Lynnwood Campus, have converted the EdPass to an ORCA-powered transportation card.
Getting an ORCA EdPass card means you are always ready to hop on the bus, even If you just spent your last dime on books, tunes or car repair. The student/staff/faculty pass is good for unlimited rides on Community Transit service each quarter.
The college has an ORCA/EdPass FAQ posted on its website.
Edmonds Community College is directly served by Routes 115, 116.and 120. In addition, Swift bus rapid transit operates on Highway 99 with a southbound stop at 204th Street and a northbound stop at 200th Street, just blocks from campus. Together, there are a dozen buses every hour in each direction that can get you to campus.
Route 115 (map):
Route 116 (map):
Route 120 (map)
The standard-issue ORCA EdPass card is good only on Community Transit buses and DART paratransit.
If you use other transit agencies, such as Sound Transit, King County Metro or Everett Transit, you can add E-purse (cash) value to your ORCA EdPass card and make it easier than ever to get around. With ORCA, you get a two-hour transfer good for the fare you pay on your first trip, even with E-Purse.
Good for three months of transportation on Community Transit buses, the ORCA EdPass is valued at $189 a quarter – but Edmonds Community College students, staff and faculty pay a fraction of that.
Students pay $25 for their first ORCA EdPass card, and $15 per quarter after that. Register for “ORCC” the bus pass “class,” along with your other classes. Pay online or at the Cashier’s Office in Lynnwood Hall.
Staff and faculty continue to pay $45. Purchase your quarterly bus pass at the Cashier’s Office. And don’t worry about getting stuck at work if you have an emergency or unexpected late night. Community Transit offers college employees participating in the campus Commute Trip Reduction program a free “guaranteed ride home” taxi ride in those situations.
As with the old EdPass, you need to pay to renew your ORCA EdPass card at the beginning of every quarter to keep it valid.
Edmonds Community College has added an ORCA symbol to their standard EdPass ID cards. Always tap your card on the ORCA reader when boarding the bus or at the Swift station.
Your EdPass/ORCA card uses contact-free technology similar to building access cards. No swiping necessary. Value must be loaded on the card for it to be valid – you must renew your EdPass/ORCA card every quarter online or at the Cashier’s Office.
Community Transit and Edmonds Community College have been partners in providing transportation options for 20 years.
Ten percent of passengers on Swift bus rapid transit use an EdPass. Don’t forget to tap your card on the ORCA reader at the station before boarding, and be prepared to show your card to a Swift Ambassador on request. Northbound and southbound Swift stations are just a few blocks from campus on Highway 99. Buses run every 12 minutes on weekdays between 6 a.m. - 7 p.m., and every 20 minutes nights and on weekends.
Walk or bike to your neighborhood bus stop or park & ride and create no personal greenhouse gas emissions or pollution. Every bus has a bike rack, and Edmonds Community College has bike racks or safe, weatherproof bike lockers you can use on campus. Visit the EdPass office in Brier Hall for more information.
The regional Interurban Trail, a bike-pedestrian route between north Seattle and Everett, passes within two miles of Edmonds Community College. From the Lynnwood Transit Center it is a quick bike ride or easy bus connection to campus.
Learn more about bikes on buses.
Find a friend and carpool to campus – there’s designated carpool parking for those permitted through the Security Office in Meadowdale Hall.
For help finding a carpool, register with RideShareOnline.com, the regional ridematching database. It also lists carpools to concerts, sporting events and skiing!
The college offers the services of a transportation coordinator to students and employees to answer general questions about bus routes, rideshare matching services, carpool information or other transportation services that might help people commute to campus. The coordinator works in the EdPass office in Brier Hall. For more information, call (425) 640-1143 or stop by the EdPass office.