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Student Transit Benefit Application

To receive the transit benefit, you must complete this application and submit it to Student Services. If you meet the eligibility requirements and are approved by Student Services, Campus Concierge will activate your transit benefit.

Applications may be submitted at any time, but must be renewed each year in September to continue the benefit. The benefit is available to students during the academic year, September through May.

STUDENT TRANSIT BENEFIT POLICY
Revised January 2011

PLU will subsidize the cost of a monthly transit pass via a PLU ORCA card, up to a maximum of $62 per month with a $10 minimum out of pocket cost for eligible commuter students. If you need a pass other than a local Pierce Transit monthly pass, you'll need to purchase your pass and then submit a Student Transit Bus Pass Voucher (with receipt) to Student Services for reimbursement. An approved Transit Benefit Application must be on file to receive reimbursement.

Eligibility: You must meet all four of the criteria below to be eligible for the transit pass benefit.

  1. Be a full-time commuter student.
  2. Travel by transit to PLU three or more days per week to work or attend classes.
  3. Live outside of specific boundaries roughly described by the following: North is 112th St; East is Pacific Ave; South is Tule Lake Rd; West is Spanaway Loop Rd. 
  4. Approval by Student Services. See the application form for details.

Benefit: Purchase the pass at Campus Concierge in the Anderson University Center.

  1. Complete and submit the Student Transit Benefit Application to Student Services.
  2. Once approved for the academic year, visit Campus Concierge. 
  3. Present your current PLU ID card to the cashier at the Campus Concierge to purchase your transit pass.
  4. The cashier discounts the cost of the pass so that the commuter student only pays the amount above $62 with a $10 minimum out of pocket cost.
  5. A Pierce Transit monthly pass is added to the student's PLU ORCA card by Campus Concierge. The student should allow up to 4 business days before the pass can be used. The out of pocket cost must be paid by the 10th of the month in order to receive the benefit for that month.

 

ORCA CARDHOLDER RULES OF USE - STUDENTS

You must have a valid PLU ID card with you in order to receive a PLU ORCA Card.

As a PLU ORCA Cardholder, I agree to the following:

1. I will use my PLU ORCA Card for my own transportation only. I will not sell or transfer my PLU ORCA Card to another person. I understand that my PLU ORCA Card and any products will be blocked from further use if I misuse this benefit.

2. I will keep my PLU ORCA Card secure and in good condition, and I will immediately report a lost, stolen, or damaged PLU ORCA Card to Human Resources. I understand a lost PLU ORCA Card will be replaced only once per year at a charge of $20.00. A defective PLU ORCA Card will be replaced free of charge, contact Human Resources.

3. I understand that no refunds will be issued, and any ORCA Products I load onto my PLU ORCA Card become the property of PLU, and any unused products will not be refunded.

4. I will return my assigned PLU ORCA Card upon request or when I no longer meet PLU's eligibility requirements. If I do not return my PLU ORCA Card, I understand that it may be blocked for further use. I understand that my PLU ORCA Card benefits will end on my last day as a PLU student.

5. I understand that the PLU ORCA Card is valid for 100% of transit fares on regularly scheduled transportation service on Pierce Transit.

6. I understand that the PLU ORCA Card is not valid for fare payment on transportation services not specified in Section 5 and I am responsible for paying any additional fares required for services not covered, or not fully covered, by my PLU provided benefits.

7. I understand the ORCA system will record data each time I use my PLU ORCA Card. Data will include the date, time and location of the card when it is presented. I understand this data is owned by the transit agencies and is accessible to PLU.

8. I understand that the ORCA Card must be "tapped" on a card reader to show proof of fare payment or issuance of a valid fare. Merely showing the ORCA Card on a bus, train, ferry or light rail vehicle does not constitute proof of fare payment or issuance of valid fare. I will be subject to a fine if the ORCA Card is not "tapped," and I understand I will be personally responsible for any fines that may be imposed.

9. I understand that for the correct fare to be recorded, I must "tap" off on a card reader when exiting some transit systems. For example, I must "tap" off when exiting from a Link light rail.

10a. I agree to pay a $20.00 replacement card fee because my PLU ORCA Card was lost or stolen.

10b. I agree to pay the minimum student portion of $10.00 per month toward my PLU ORCA Card. Benefit is available September 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015.

I acknowledge the receipt of my PLU ORCA Card, and understand and agree to the terms stated above on using the PLU ORCA Card. I understand that PLU reserves the right to change or update these policies at any time.

I Agree to the Above Policy