Welcome to the University of Washington! Whether you take transit from Tukwila, bike from Bothell or drive from Duvall, Transportation Services is here to help with your commute.
Transit & 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.
Beginning July 1, 2022, all personnel who are paid by the University of Washington will be eligible for a fully subsidized U-PASS. Employees who do not qualify for the fully subsidized pass may be eligible to purchase a quarterly or annual U-PASS through their campus transportation office.
Your U-PASS will be ready for use within 12 to 24 hours after you become eligible for the fully-subsidized U-PASS or purchase an opt-in U-PASS.
Please see the UW Bothell or UW Tacoma for their separate U-PASS programs. Harborview employees should check their intranet or call 206-744-3254.
- What the U-PASS covers and how to use it
- Using your U-PASS on light rail
- Emergency ride home
- Transit tips & popular routes
- Troubleshooting & lost cards
Access guide: Information on accessible entrances and facilities for buildings on the University of Washington Seattle campus.
Accessible parking: How and where to park on campus for a day or the whole year.
Dial-A-Ride is a free shuttle service that operates between 125 designated stop locations on the Seattle campus for faculty, staff and students with either permanent or temporary mobility limitations.
There are a variety of parking products for faculty and staff, including cost-saving options such as Pay-per-use parking or Daily permits.
Most parking products can be purchased online using the Customer Portal. To get started, please log in with your UW NetID. From the dashboard, click “Get Permits” and follow the given prompts to proceed. Detailed instructions for purchasing permits, including product-specific information and step-by-step guides, are located in the Customer Portal guide.
Other commuting resources
Want to get some exercise on your way to work? Check out our walking and biking tips, including where you can find showers on campus.
Thinking about driving? Consider joining a carpool or vanpool to save time and money.
The main Campus Map will help you figure out where you need to go. In addition, there are several transportation-specific maps, including self-serve parking, electric vehicle charging, bike lockers and ride hailing pickup sites.
Health Sciences shuttles
Regularly scheduled shuttle buses provide transportation between the UW Seattle campus and affiliated hospitals and research sites. There are three main routes:
- Health Sciences Express travels between UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center with stops at Roosevelt Clinic and UW Tower.
- Fred Hutch/South Lake Union travels between UWMC and South Lake Union via the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center Clinic shuttle travels between the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center Clinic, UW Medical Center and two housing facilities, South Lake Union House and Pete Gross House.
Getting around at night
NightRide Shuttle is a fare-free, safe and easy way for U-PASS members to get home at night. NightRide shuttles pick up passengers at eight convenient campus locations and drop them off anywhere within one of two zones. Service runs Monday through Friday (excluding University holidays and summer quarter) and pickups run from 8 p.m. until just before midnight.
Husky NightWalk is a service of the UW Police Department and provides uniformed safety guards as walking escorts from 6:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. seven days a week, excluding holidays. Call 206-685-WALK (9255) to schedule an escort.
The UW Medical Center Department of Public Safety provides escorts for hospital employees and volunteers from the UWMC main lobby entrance to university campus parking lots. Service is available Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m, with additional times as available. Call 206-598-5555 to arrange an escort.
SafeZone is an app that connects your mobile phone to the UW Police Department. It has call buttons for emergency, first aid and non-emergency help and lets users easily share their location with UWPD dispatch.