The University of Washington: Facilities Services

Health Sciences Express

Service Information

The Health Sciences Express (HSE) provides transportation between the UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center, with stops at the UW Roosevelt Clinic and the UW Tower. Service is available to UW faculty, staff, students, as well as medical center patients and their families.

All buses are wheelchair lift equipped.
All HSE buses are equipped with two-position bike racks.

Lost & Found

Contact the UW Shuttles office at 206-685-3146 if you believe you left an item on one of our buses. Please be ready to provide your departure time and location of when you think you lost your item, as well as a brief description of the item and a way to reach you if it is found.

Unclaimed items are submitted to the UW centralized lost & found inventory at the Husky Union Building (HUB).

HSE Shuttle Stop Locations

Shuttle Schedule Schedules are also available at the following locations:
  • UWMC Information
  • University Transportation Center, 3745 15th Ave NE
Select medical commodities may also be transported via the buses, see your department for eligibility.

For further questions, please call us at 206-685-3146 during office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., M-F.


The Health Sciences Express bus services was established in 1973 to move Health Sciences, Harborview Medical Center (HMC), and University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) faculty, staff, students, and selected medical commodities between the University of Washington and some affiliated hospitals and branch University facilities in a safe, efficient, and timely manner. The service facilitates Health Sciences, HMC and UWMC operations by assisting University faculty, staff, students, and medical center patients and their families in conducting University, Health Sciences and Medical Center related business.

The service provides a partial alternative to use of the private automobile, thereby substantially reducing vehicle congestion on city streets and reducing the requirement for parking at the University and affiliated destinations. The service is not intended to serve as an alternative to other modes of commuting for University and non-University employees and students.

The Health Sciences Express bus service is supported by funding from University of Washington, UWMC and HMC. The Health Sciences Express Advisory Committee is under Health Sciences Administration, Office of the Executive Director. June 30, 1993.

Service Updates

Shuttle service operates Monday through Friday, excluding University holidays.

University Holidays 2014

    New Year’s Day Wed, January 1
    Martin Luther King Day Mon, January 20
    Presidents Day Mon, February 17
    Memorial Day Mon, May 26
    Independence Day Fri, July 4
    Labor Day Mon, September 1
    Veterans Day Tues, November 11
    Thanksgiving Day Thurs, November 27
    Day after Thanksgiving Fri, November 28
    Christmas Day Thur, December 25

Rider Alerts

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On January 8, due to construction on the Montlake Triangle, the Health Sciences Express started departing from NE Columbia Road outside the Cascade Tower on the southeast corner of UWMC (across from the Glades Sculpture). Departure times remain the same.

Map of HSE and SLU stop changes around UWMC.

Live Shuttle Tracking

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SMS Updates

Text uwhse # to 41411 where # is the shuttle stop number. For example, texting uwhse 1 to 41441 will return the arrival time for the UWMC stop.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, schedule or service changes will be posted on our website. You can also call us at 206-685-3146 for updates.

Health Sciences Express uses fuel that includes 5% biodiesel.