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Seattle Campus Student U-PASS and ORCA

Seattle Campus Student U-PASS and ORCA

U-PASS is Joining the Pod

U-PASS is partnering with ORCA to include the region’s transit smart chip inside your Husky Card to power U-PASS transit benefits. Beginning fall quarter 2011, your U-PASS will be stored inside the chip in your Husky Card—no more U-PASS stickers.

Because the U-PASS transit benefit will be powered by the ORCA technology inside the card, all students who want to participate in U-PASS will need to have one of the new Husky Cards

Get your new Husky Card

Students who were enrolled in spring 2011, did not apply for a June or August, 2011 graduation and had a photo within the ID system got a new Husky Card pre-printed for them. Pre-printed Husky Cards were distributed by the Husky Card Office from May 23 through June 7.

If you met the criteria above and have not picked up your new card, go today to the Husky Card Account & ID Center in the lower level of Odegaard Undergraduate Library next to By George.

Find out more about the new Husky Card

U-PASS: What Stays the Same?

Your new Husky Card and U-PASS membership are still your keys to U-PASS benefits, including:
• Unlimited rides on King County Metro, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, or Everett Transit bus services and on Sound Transit’s buses, Link light rail and Sounder commuter trains.
• Discounted impromptu carpool parking
• Vanpool fare credit
• Low membership rate for Zipcar (now available for students 18-21)
• Discounts and special offers at more than 40 local merchants
• Discounts on helmets, lights, pedometers and more at Hall Health (Wellness Resource Center)

U-PASS: What is Changing?

No more stickers- beginning Fall quarter 2011, U-PASS transit benefits will be powered by smart chip technology with an ORCA chip right inside student Husky Cards.

Also, in a change not related to the transition to U-PASS powered by ORCA, beginning in Fall Quarter 2011, U-PASS membership will be universal for Seattle Campus students who pay the SAF (Service and Activities Fee).

Find out more about the universal Student U-PASS

Student U-PASS for registered students will be turned on automatically a week before the start of fall quarter (September 21, 2011).

Terms of Use

As part of the transition to the U-PASS powered by ORCA, U-PASS members will be required to acknowledge that they have read and accept the new U-PASS Terms of Use. Open U-PASS terms of use in a new window. Information about how UW Seattle students will accept the U-PASS Terms of Use will be posted on this website. Please check back for updates.


Your U-PASS powered by ORCA still allows you to get up to 70 dollars worth of vanpool credits per month. But, you no longer need to send a copy of your Husky Card to your transit agency. All vanpool participants interested in receiving the U-PASS vanpool credit will need to register their participation with Commuter Services.

Learn more about Vanpooling, the vanpool credit, and registering HERE