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Interested in taking the NightRide Shuttle?

Here’s our guide to a safe and smooth trip:

  1. Head to your nearest NightRide shuttle stop
    Building Location
    West Zone
    UW Tower West side of 12th Ave. NE, halfway between NE 43rd St. and NE 45th St.
    Alder Hall South side of NE Campus Parkway at Metro bus stop, just outside of the District Market.

    East Zone
    IMA IMA front entrance (wait outside, in front of the IMA, near the E98 parking lot).
    Communications Building West side of Stevens Way at Metro bus stop.
    HUB - Husky Student Union Building West side of Stevens Way at Metro bus stop.
    Garfield Lane North side of Stevens Way at bus turnout.
    Meany Hall North side of Stevens Way at Metro bus stop.
    Flagpole East side of Memorial Way at bus shelter.
  2. A shuttle will come by to pick you up within 20 minutes; 30 minutes after midnight.
  3. Make sure that your destination is within one of the two shuttle zones, then make sure that you board the appropriate shuttle.
    • For example, if heading to Poplar Hall, make sure you board the west zone shuttle; if heading to a fraternity or sorority house, board the east zone shuttle.
    • After midnight, the NightRide shuttle serves both the east and west zones.
  4. When boarding, tell the driver where you would like to be dropped off.
    • Some drivers prefer exact street addresses, others prefer intersections/cross streets and will ask for more directions once at the intersection.
    • If you decide to deboard the shuttle at a location other than what you told the driver, be sure to let him or her know so that they don’t have to continue driving to your destination.
  5. Show the driver your Husky Card (U-PASS) if asked.
  6. Ride the shuttle and be respectful of the driver and other passengers.

Check out our FAQs if you have more questions about NightRide! You can always contact us at or at 206-685-3146 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the NightRide shuttle run?

NightRide service starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 1:39 a.m., Mondays through Fridays excluding University holidays and summer quarter. You can find a schedule for specific stops here. You can also download a smartphone app to track the closest shuttle (Android)(iOS) or view the real-time map online. Unfortunately our application is not yet available for Windows mobile.

Where does the shuttle pick me up?

The NightRide shuttle will pick you up at one of seven designated stops on campus and drop you off at any location within one of two zones (east and west). Click here for a map and for the stop locations. The shuttle is large and may have difficulty making it down some smaller roads in the area, your driver will notify you if he or she is unable to make it to a specific destination and will drop you off as close as possible. After midnight, the shuttle begins its run at the Communications Building and does not stop at the IMA. The shuttle after midnight does not have an east/west zone designation and will drive you to any destination within those two zones.

Will the NightRide shuttle pick me up at my specific location?

No, the NightRide shuttle will only pick up riders from the seven designated campus stops on a scheduled basis. The shuttle is meant as a way for U-PASS members to get home at night. For other transportation options at night, we suggest using King County Metro’s trip planner, driving, walking with a friend or biking. In order to stick with our schedule, we cannot pick-up on-demand at other locations. We will drop you off, within the two zones, at a point of your choice. If you would like a UWPD security guard to walk with you to a shuttle stop, you can contact UWPD Husky NightWalk at 206-685-9255.

Do I need to pay to take the shuttle?

No, there are no fares for riding the NightRide shuttle but you do need to have a U-PASS. The student U-PASS fee funds the NightRide shuttles program. Most students have a U-PASS; for more information on that program click here.

It’s dark and I am uneasy about walking to one of the NightRide stops; can it pick me up at my building instead?

Find a group of two or three friends to walk with to make it safer. If you can’t find anyone else, Husky NightWalk, a security service provided by the UW Police Department, can walk you to the nearest NightRide stop, or to any Metro bus stop along Stevens Way. NightRide will not make pick-ups at special locations – only at the seven designated campus stops.

What if I left something on one of the shuttles?

Please call 206-300-9087 during NightRide service hours if you believe you left something on the shuttle. Items unclaimed after 24 hours will be submitted to the IMA lost & found.

My shuttle didn’t show up

Sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances (traffic, mechanical issues, high volume of riders) we could be late. You can always follow our shuttles using the live tracking map (check the “Show all Routes” option to niew NightRide shuttles) or on our Android or iOS apps.

Can I bring my bike on the shuttle?

Yes. All shuttles are equipped with two-position bike racks.

Are there any rules for riding the NightRide?

There aren’t any set rules per se, aside from the student conduct code as outlined in Washington state law. We just ask that you treat our drivers and other passengers with respect! Some helpful ideas include turning your music down so as not to disturb others, keeping chit-chat to a minimum, or at least talking softly, and not taking up more than one seat on the shuttle.

I utilize crutches/a wheelchair/another mobility device; are Nightride shuttles accessible?

All shuttles, including NightRide, are equipped with lifts for riders with mobility impairments. Dial-A-Ride, another shuttle service, is available from 7:45 a.m. to 7:25 p.m. for assistance during the day. Please call 206-685-1511 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday to set up rides if you need help getting to and from classes during those hours. DAR only stops at designated stops on campus, but there are more than 100 stops to facilitate getting students, faculty and staff as close as possible to the building they need.

It’s snowing - are the shuttles still running?

Check out our Twitter feed (@UWShuttles) or the shuttles homepage for updates on NightRide during inclement weather – you can also call 206-685-3146 Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or the NightRide dispatch line, 206-300-9087, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.

If I take the NightRide to an off-campus stop close to my home, can Husky NightWalk escort me the rest of the way?

No, Husky NightWalk is a walking service. To ensure the best service and highest security for everyone on the main campus, the NightWalk guards can only escort students to specific areas of the main campus. They will escort you from a building on campus to the nearest NightRide or Metro stop.

I only live a half block outside of the NightRide zone – why can’t they drop me off at my door?

NightRide is a service for the UW community, and serves on average 345 passengers a night. In order to get as many people as possible to their destinations safely, and quickly, we have to stay inside the zones. We are happy to take you to any Metro, Community Transit or Sound Transit stop that can get you to your home. If you live outside the zone, consider having a friend meet you at a location and drive you home.

I live in Radford Court. Does NightRide go there?

Radford Court is more than one mile away from the center of campus, and is outside of the NightRide zone. NightRide can drop you off at a Metro stop or other alternative. Some Metro routes that go to stops near Radford Court have stop locations through campus. For information on routes and times, check out King County Metro’s trip planner.

Can I get a ride from the Bothell or Tacoma campuses?

We do not provide service at UW Bothell or UW Tacoma.

Where does the funding for NightRide come from?

Funding for NightRide is provided through the U-PASS fee.

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HSE Bike Racks

Using HSE Bike Racks

Taking Your Bike on a Health Sciences Express All Health Sciences Express buses are now equipped with two-position bike racks. What kinds of bicycles can I put on the Health Sciences bike rack? Allowed: Conventional, single seat, two wheeled bikes. Both wheels must fit into the bike rack wheel slots, and the support arm/hook must fit over the top of the bike wheel. Health Sciences Express bicycle racks accommodate tire sizes from 20” – 29”, up to a 44” wheelbase, and tire widths up to 2.35”. The weight limit on the bus bike racks is 55 pounds per loadable position. Not allowed: Tandem, recumbent, three-wheel, solid-wheel, and gas-powered bikes. UW Shuttles doesn’t permit bicycles inside any of its vehicles. Safety tips To ensure a safe commute, please: 1. Verbally communicate to the driver that you will be loading your bike before using the bicycle rack. 2. Always load your bicycle from the curb side of the bus. 3. Sit near the front of the bus and watch your bike. UW Shuttles is not responsible for stolen bikes. 4. Alert the driver before taking your bike off the rack. How to safely use the Health Sciences Express bike racks Loading 1. As the Health Sciences Express approaches, have your bicycle ready. 2. Talk to the driver before stepping in front of the bus with your bike. Make sure the driver acknowledges your desire to load your bicycle. 3. Remove any bicycle accessories, including panniers that could fall off or prevent safe operation of the bus. 4. Squeeze the rack handle upwards to release the folded bike rack. 5. Lift your bike onto the rack, fitting the wheels into the slots. Each slot is labeled for front and rear wheels. Please load your bike into the outside slot first, if vacant. 6. Pull out and raise the support arm over the top of the front wheel. Make sure the support arm is resting on the tire or fender and is placed as close as possible to the bicycle’s frame.

  1. Be sure to sit near the front of the bus and keep an eye on your bike. Unloading
  2. Raise the support arm off the tire. Move the support arm down and out of your way.
  3. Lift your bike out of the rack.
  4. If there isn’t another bike in the rack, return the bike rack to the folded position. Reach underneath the rack to grab the handle. Squeeze and raise. If you forget to retrieve your bike, or the driver pulls away before you’ve unloaded it, please call UW Shuttles at 206.685.3146

UW Shuttles would like to thank King County METRO for providing bicycle rack information for this page.

NightRide Schedule

Flagpole Bus Stop

West Zone North Zone East Zone
8:00 8:04 8:04
8:15 * 8:19 * 8:19 *
8:30 8:34 8:34
8:45 * 8:49 * 8:49 *
9:00 9:04 9:04
9:15 * 9:19 * 9:19 *
9:30 9:34 9:34
9:45 * 9:49 * 9:49 *
10:00 10:04 10:04
10:15 * 10:19 * 10:19 *
10:30 10:34 10:34
10:45 * 10:49 * 10:49 *
11:00 11:04 11:04
11:15 * 11:19 * 11:19 *
11:30 11:34 11:34
11:45 * 11:49 * 11:49 *
12:00 12:04 12:04
12:15 * 12:19 * 12:19 *

(* Wheelchair Accessible)

Communications Bldg

West Zone North Zone East Zone
8:01 8:00 8:00
8:16 * 8:15 * 8:15 *
8:31 8:30 8:30
8:46 * 8:45 * 8:45 *
9:01 9:00 9:00
9:16 * 9:15 * 9:15 *
9:31 9:30 9:30
9:46 * 9:45 * 9:45 *
10:01 10:00 10:00
10:16 * 10:15 * 10:15 *
10:31 10:30 10:30
10:46 * 10:45 * 10:45 *
11:01 11:00 11:00
11:16 * 11:15 * 11:15 *
11:31 11:30 11:30
11:46 * 11:45 * 11:45 *
12:01 12:00 12:00
12:16 * 12:15 * 12:15 *

(* Wheelchair Accessible)

HUB Bus Stop

West Zone North Zone East Zone
8:02 8:01 8:01
8:17 * 8:16 * 8:16 *
8:32 8:31 8:31
8:47 * 8:46 * 8:46 *
9:02 9:01 9:01
9:17 * 9:16 * 9:16 *
9:32 9:31 9:31
9:47 * 9:46 * 9:46 *
10:02 10:01 10:01
10:17 * 10:16 * 10:16 *
10:32 10:31 10:31
10:47 * 10:46 * 10:46 *
11:02 11:01 11:01
11:17 * 11:16 * 11:16 *
11:32 11:31 11:31
11:47 * 11:46 * 11:46 *
12:02 12:01 12:01
12:17 * 12:16 * 12:16 *

(* Wheelchair Accessible)

Garfield Lane Stop

West Zone North Zone East Zone
8:03 8:02 8:02
8:18 * 8:17 * 8:17 *
8:33 8:32 8:32
8:48 * 8:47 * 8:47 *
9:03 9:02 9:02
9:18 * 9:17 * 9:17 *
9:33 9:32 9:32
9:48 * 9:47 * 9:47 *
10:03 10:02 10:02
10:18 * 10:17 * 10:17 *
10:33 10:32 10:32
10:48 * 10:47 * 10:47 *
11:03 11:02 11:02
11:18 * 11:17 * 11:17 *
11:33 11:32 11:32
11:48 * 11:47 * 11:47 *
12:03 12:02 12:02
12:18 * 12:17 * 12:17 *

(* Wheelchair Accessible)

Meany Hall Bus Stop

West Zone North Zone East Zone
8:04 8:03 8:03
8:19 * 8:18 * 8:18 *
8:34 8:33 8:33
8:49 * 8:48 * 8:48 *
9:04 9:03 9:03
9:19 * 9:18 * 9:18 *
9:34 9:33 9:33
9:49 * 9:48 * 9:48 *
10:04 10:03 10:03
10:19 * 10:18 * 10:18 *
10:34 10:33 10:33
10:49 * 10:48 * 10:48 *
11:04 11:03 11:03
11:19 * 11:18 * 11:18 *
11:34 11:33 11:33
11:49 * 11:48 * 11:48 *
12:04 12:03 12:03
12:19 * 12:18 * 12:18 *

(* Wheelchair Accessible)


IMA Loop
8:00 *
8:15 *
8:30 *
8:45 *
9:00 *
9:15 *
9:30 *
9:45 *
10:00 *
10:15 *
10:30 *
10:45 *

(* Wheelchair Accessible)

Contact Us

Contact Information

Office Hours:7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday

Phone: 206-685-3146
Fax: 206-543-2409

Lost and Found

HSE Lost and Found: 206-685-3146
SLU and NightRide Lost and Found: 206-300-9087

Commodities Tracking: 206-685-3146

Office Address

University Transportation Center
Box 355360
3745 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Jon Massey
Shuttles Manager

Amity Ludders
Assistant Manager

Cherry Gilbert
Assistant Manager

Christopher Wren
Program Coordinator


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Health Sciences Express Medical Commodities

Sending/Receiving Commodities

Contact your department at UWMC or HMC for access to commodity lockers. The following procedures apply to all commodities transported by the Health Sciences Express.

Address Requirements

Items carried must be clearly addressed with the following information:

  • Receiver Information
  • Facility (For example: To UWMC)
  • Name
  • Department
  • Building
  • Phone number
  • Sender’s Information
  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Date item sent

Packaging Requirements

Items must not exceed 30 lbs. in weight, or 21” x 15” x 9” in dimension (exceptions made for crash boxes ONLY). Items must be packaged securely. Materials packed in ice or coolants must be in containers that do not leak. Examples: Files must be boxed; specimens must be securely packaged in containers that do not leak such as a small ice chest with a secure lid. Oversized, overweight, and/or improperly addressed or packaged commodities may not be transported.

Special Packaging Requirements for Diagnostic Specimens:

In order to protect the health and safety of the drivers and passengers and the integrity of the specimen, the following packaging procedures apply to all diagnostic specimens (human and animal) to be transported:

  1. The primary container (e.g., test tube) must contain the diagnostic specimen. The primary container must be sealed, leakproof, and cannot be any larger than 500ml or 500g. Shipping syringes or open test tubes is not permitted.
  2. The primary container must be placed inside a sealed and leakproof secondary container labeled with a biohazard label (e.g., ziplock bag, nonbreakable plastic screw cap test tube, etc.).
  3. If multiple primary containers are used, they should be packed so that they do not come into contact with each other.
  4. Sufficient absorbent material to absorb the liquid contents of the primary container must be placed in the secondary container. If the primary container is glass, the absorbent must be arranged to cushion the primary container.
  5. The outer shipping container must be constructed of fiberboard, cardboard, or styrofoam. It cannot be a bag, envelope, or similar non-rigid container. Re-usable containers such as crash boxes or insulated containers can be used provided they have a secure closing mechanism. The outer packaging cannot exceed 4L or 4Kg. The complete package must be capable of passing a 4-foot drop test. The shipping container should bear a biohazard label and must be clearly and durably marked with the words “diagnostic specimen.”. The shipping container must have the address and phone number of both the shipper and consignee.
  6. If dry ice is used, the shipping container must allow for the release of the carbon dioxide generated and the container must be properly marked and labeled.
  7. If ice is placed between the secondary container and the shipping container, the shipping container must be leakproof, (i.e., use a sealed second plastic bag).
  8. When shipping a specimen in a hazardous fixative, the following guidelines apply:
    • Shipping papers must accompany the package. These shipping papers must be prepared by someone trained in packaging. The package must be marked “this package conforms to 49 CFR 173.4”.
    • Specimen containers must not have more than 1 oz. of a flammable fixative or formaldehyde.
    • Specimen containers must be constructed of glass, 0.2mm plastic, metal, or earthenware. The lid must be held in place with tape.
    • Specimen containers must be surrounded by a cushioning and absorbent material capable of absorbing the entire contents of the package. The absorbent material must not react chemically with the material. Each container must allow for expansion of liquid, (i.e., leave an air gap of 1/2 inch). The container must be capable of passing a 6-foot drop test.

For more information on packaging of specimens, contact EH&S at 206-685-2849, or visit


User Responsibilities

Items for transport should be placed at the commodity box location where they will be picked up by the driver. Do not leave items in an unattended bus.

Receiving departments are solely responsible for checking the commodity delivery area for packages. The Health Sciences Express Service cannot accept responsibility for items carried.

Special Considerations

Items of special value and/or items requiring special handling (e.g. payroll), items being sent to non-commodity areas and items with time constraints must be carried by a messenger.

The Health Sciences Express Commodity Service is not a mail delivery service. Use Campus Mailing Services to send mail.

Commodity Delivery Locations

Contact your department at UWMC or HMC for access to commodity lockers

(Location updated) Please note that this commodity locker is now located on the first floor of the UWMC Cascade Tower, just inside the double doors on the east side of the lobby/shuttle waiting area.

Research and Training Building, just inside and to the right of the entrance.

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