Monday, September 21, 2020

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

Important: King County Metro will be resuming fare collection on October 1.

U-PASS Updates

Students

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in consultation with UW leadership, the Seattle Universal Student U-PASS Advisory Board has decided to waive the Universal Student U-PASS fee for autumn quarter 2020 on the Seattle campus. This means the Universal Student U-PASS Fee will not appear on your tuition statement. 

With the fee waived, your U-PASS will be deactivated for autumn quarter. UAW Academic Student Employees will continue to have an active U-PASS under the terms of their collective bargaining agreement. Students may also purchase an opt-in U-PASS by contacting the Transportation Services office at ucommute@uw.edu or 206-221-3701.

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.

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.

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. Transportation Services is temporarily covering all vanpool fare through the U-PASS Vanpool Subsidy. Please consider these factors when canceling your U-PASS.

Alternative Transit Pass Options

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 eligible, including students. The rate for an opt-in U-PASS is $150 starting Oct. 1. If you would like your opt-in U-PASS to start before Oct. 1, an additional prorated will be included on top of the $150.

If you would like to purchase an opt-in U-PASS for your use during autumn quarter, please follow these steps:

  1. Add money to your Husky Debit account for the U-PASS fee(s).
  2. Contact Transportation Services a few days before you would like your U-PASS to start, with your ID number and the date you would like your U-PASS to begin.
  3. You can use your U-PASS on transit after you receive a confirmation email that your request has been processed.

Please be aware that the office is closed to walk-in traffic and is open by appointment only.

ORCA LIFT - Your income level may qualify you for reduced transit rates through the ORCA LIFT program.

Transit Fare Collection

Local transit agencies have mostly resumed collecting fares for bus, train and light rail service. King County Metro will be resuming fare collection on October 1

Please see each transit agency’s website for the latest news. You may also wish to sign for e-mail or text alerts:

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.

UW Shuttles impacts

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