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Transportation Services

U-PASS

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. Students and employees not eligible for one of the standard U-PASS products may buy equivalent products from Transportation Services.  

Please see the UW Bothell or UW Tacoma sites for their separate U-PASS programs. Harborview employees should check their intranet or call 206-744-3254.

What the U-PASS covers

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.

Terms of use

U-PASS members are required to acknowledge that they have read and accepted the U-PASS terms of use.

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).