August 19: U-PASS update for autumn quarter
The U-PASS is a bus pass plus more. Loaded right onto the Husky Card, the U-PASS provides members with unlimited rides on regional buses, commuter trains, light rail and water taxis as well as discounts on vanpools, carpools and other special offers.
Most students on the Seattle campus are automatically U-PASS members, while faculty and staff must opt in to the program. Certain employees may be eligible for a fully subsidized U-PASS. Students and employees not eligible for one of the standard U-PASS products may buy equivalent products from Transportation Services.
What the U-PASS covers
- Unlimited rides on King County Metro Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit and Sound Transit, which includes regional buses, Link light rail and Sounder trains
- Full fare coverage on King County Water Taxis and Kitsap Fast Ferries
- Full fare coverage on Seattle Streetcar and Seattle Monorail
- Full fare coverage on regional paratransit services for eligible members
- Full fare coverage on King County Metro’s on-demand ride service Via to Transit.
- Vanpool and vanshare fare credits, discounted & priority carpool parking, and low membership rate for Zipcar
- Unlimited rides on NightRide, the UW’s evening shuttle service
- Emergency Ride Home
- Discounts and special offers on transportation-related products
The U-PASS does not cover travel on Washington State Ferries.
How to use your U-PASS
Your new U-PASS will ready for use within 24 to 48 hours after you purchase it or a week before the quarter starts. Students, please see the academic calendar for more specifics.
To activate your U-PASS, you must tap it on an ORCA card reader within 60 days of issuance. ORCA card readers are found at the front of buses or mounted on a wall or pole at Link, Sounder or Swift stations. At RapidRide stations you have the option to tap on the ORCA reader at the station or on the bus as you enter. After tapping, wait for the green light to indicate your card was accepted.
On a bus, you tap the reader just once, when you board. For Sound Transit’s Link light rail and Sounder commuter trains, tap the reader once before entering the train for proof of payment and tap again at your destination station as you leave.
Once your U-PASS is activated, it will remain active as long as you tap your U-PASS on an ORCA card reader at least once every 60 days. If you fail to do this and your card becomes inactive, you can reactivate it online.
Still experiencing trouble using your U-PASS? You may need to use your Husky Card as a flash pass until the issue is resolved.
It is important to protect your Husky Card and the U-PASS RFID chip from damage. We encourage you to follow these tips to protect your Husky Card and U-PASS:
- Do not bend your Husky Card.
- Do not punch a hole anywhere in your Husky Card.
- Keep your Husky Card in a protective holder. Scratches to the magnetic strip and RFID chip can damage your card. Accessories to protect your card can be purchased at the Husky Card Account & ID Center.
The U-PASS function on your Husky Card does not have “Electronic Purse” capabilities.
Your U-PASS is for your personal transportation only. It is non-transferable, meaning you may not give or sell your Husky Card or your U-PASS to any other person. Bus drivers and fare inspectors can confiscate a Husky Card that does not belong to you.
All U-PASS members are bound by the U-PASS policy as stated in Administrative Policy Statement 53.4. Misuse of the U-PASS is subject to sanctions and may subject the parties to possible action under the General Conduct Code (Chapter 478–124 WAC) or the Student Conduct Code (Chapter 478–121 WAC).