Tuesday, June 8, 2021

This page will be updated as new information becomes available regarding impacts on public transit services and for U-PASS holders.

U-PASS Updates


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in consultation with UW leadership, the Seattle Universal Student U-PASS Advisory Board has decided to suspend the Universal Student U-PASS program for all terms of summer quarter 2021 on the Seattle campus. This means the Universal Student U-PASS Fee will not appear on your tuition statement. 

With the program suspended, your U-PASS will be deactivated for summer quarter. UAW Academic Student Employees will continue to have an active U-PASS under the terms of their collective bargaining agreement.

The Universal Student U-PASS program and fee is governed by the Universal Student U-PASS Advisory Board which is made up of student representatives appointed by ASUW and GPSS. If you have further questions or feedback, please reach out to the Advisory Board at upassab@uw.edu.

Interested in learning more about the transit pass options available to students? Review these resources from our most recent information sessions.

Faculty and staff

To cancel your U-PASS and stop payroll deductions, please email ucommute@uw.edu with the subject line: “Cancel employee U-PASS on MM/DD/YYYY” and include your name, employee ID number and a statement requesting cancellation of the U-PASS and payroll deductions.

Your U-PASS will remain active and you will remain financially responsible for payments until you receive confirmation via email. We will do our best to cancel your U-PASS on the preferred date, but please allow 2-4 business days for processing.

If you have not received a response from Transportation Services by the day you would like your U-PASS canceled, please give us a call at 206-221-3701 with your case number.

Note: Canceling your U-PASS or having an inactive U-PASS makes you ineligible for U-PASS related benefits. This includes the Emergency Ride Home program and subsidies for your vanpool. Please consider these factors when canceling your U-PASS.

Alternative transit pass options

To determine the best option that fits your needs, consider the frequency you plan to use transit.

  • 1-2 round-trip rides/week = purchase a regular ORCA card
  • 3+ round-trip rides/week = purchase a temporary or opt-in U-PASS.
  • Any number of rides/week = purchase an ORCA LIFT pass (if you qualify based on household income)

ORCA Card - ORCA (One Regional Card for All) is the regional transit pass program available to use on seven regional transit agencies. To learn more about ORCA, visit the ORCA website. The card gives you the option to purchase a monthly pass or load money onto an e-purse that can be used each time you travel. 

Temporary Pass - If you are not Husky card eligible and would like to purchase a temporary pass, please contact the Transportation Services office at ucommute@uw.edu or 206-221-3701. The fee is $150 per calendar quarter.

Opt-in U-PASS - You can purchase an opt-in U-PASS if you have a Husky card and are not payroll deduction eligible, including UW Seattle students. The rate for an opt-in U-PASS is $150 starting July 1 and is prorated if purchased after that date. The opt-in U-PASS is based on the calendar quarter and is valid through September 30.

If you would like to purchase an opt-in U-PASS for use through September 30, please follow these steps:

  1. Starting July 1, log into the Transportation Services online customer portal with your UW NetID.

  2. Click “Get Permits”.

  3. Select the “U-PASS / Quarterly” option from the list of available products (listed alphabetically).

  4. Continue through the purchasing process to finalize the purchase of your opt-in U-PASS.

Opt-in U-PASSes must be paid for with a credit card and are only available online (no office or in-person sales available).

ORCA LIFT - Your household income may qualify you for reduced transit fares through the ORCA LIFT program. You can learn more and apply online by visiting the King County Public Health website. If you qualify,  ORCA LIFT may be the best option for you, regardless of how often you travel.

UW-affected routes

Many routes have experienced service changes, cancellations or reduced capacity. These routes have been identified to be popular bus routes that serve the University District area and UW. Please click on each route to see how it may be impacted by COVID-19. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list and we encourage you to review other routes if they affect your commute to campus

Other impacts

For more information regarding shuttle service impacts, please visit the Shuttle riders information and updates webpage.

For information about COVID-19 safety concerns, please see COVID-19 Prevention for Transit from UW EH&S.