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Riding the Bus or Train
Whether you are a visitor to the campus or a regular faculty, staff or student commuter, it’s easy to get to the University of Washington by bus or commuter train. More than 60 bus routes serve the U-District, including many that drive onto the campus itself. You can also take the train or light rail to downtown Seattle, then jump on a bus for a quick ride to the University.
Faculty, Staff and Students
The U-PASS is your ticket to ride on all six Central Puget Sound transit agencies—Metro Transit, Community Transit, Sound Transit, Pierce Transit, Everett Transit and Kitsap Transit—anytime, anywhere. U-PASS also gives you full fare coverage on light rail and on the Sounder commuter train. Sounder provides a quick commute option from Tacoma or Everett. Link light rail provides service between Sea-Tac Airport and downtown Seattle. Enjoy your commute time reading or relaxing rather than grinding your teeth in traffic!
It’s easy to ride the bus with your U-PASS. Just tap your U-PASS on the ORCA card reader as you leave if the bus originated in downtown Seattle, or as you enter if it did not. On Sounder and Link light rail, tap your U-PASS on the ORCA card reader prior to entering the train and show your U-PASS to the attendant, if asked. Failure to tap before boarding the train may result in a citation. Tap your U-PASS again at your destination station as you leave.
Alerts, Announcements and Service Changes
For current alerts, announcements and service changes, see individual transit agencies:
- Taking the bus: Find the best route
- Taking the train: Sounder Train
- Planning your route: TripPlanner
Going to a Husky Football game?
With your game ticket, ride free on any Metro bus or on the shuttles to Husky Stadium from Park & Ride lots. More
Bikes on Buses
You, your bike, the bus and a U-PASS are a great combination! All six Central Puget Sound transit agencies have easy-to-use bike racks on all their buses so you can bike one way, or just part of the way, and ride the bus for the rest of your journey.
To enhance security when traveling at night, Metro Transit offers a convenient service called Night Stop. Available between the hours of 9:00 pm and 5:00 am, Night Stop allows you to ask the driver to let you off at any point along your bus route, even though it might not be a Metro bus stop. More
Is your bus running on time? When is the next bus coming?
- Check One Bus Away to see if your bus is running on schedule.
- Call BUS-TIME at 206.287.8463 if you know your route number and need to find out when the next bus is coming.
Services for people with disabilities
All buses are lift-equipped to accommodate passengers who are in wheelchairs or unable to climb steps. Timetables indicate which buses can accommodate wheelchairs. For information about other transportation services for persons with disabilities, contact your transit agency:
- Metro Transit 206.553.3060 or 800.542.7876 (TTY 206.684.1739)
- Community Transit 800.562.1375 (TTY 425.778.2188)
- Sound Transit 888.889.6368 (TTY/TTD 888.713.6030)
- Pierce Transit 206.581.8000 or 800.562.8109 (TTY 253.582.7951)
- Everett Transit 425.257.7777 (TTY 425.257.7778)
- Kitsap Transit 800.501.7433 (TTY 360.479.4348)