(Approved by the Senior Vice President for Finance and Facilities by authority of Executive Order No. 5)
A Transportation Management Plan (TMP) at the University of Washington, Seattle was first developed in 1983 with the intention of expanding commuting options for University students, staff, and faculty, shifting them away from single occupancy vehicle trips. The TMP is part of the University of Washington's Campus Master Plan.
The U-PASS is the primary component of the University's Seattle campus TMP, as described in the Campus Master Plan approved by the Seattle City Council in December 2002, and adopted by the UW Board of Regents in January 2003.
In 1991, the Washington State Legislature adopted the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) law. The CTR law was incorporated into the Washington Clean Air Act as RCW 70.94.521 through 70.94.551. Employers with 100 or more full-time employees, who begin their regular workday between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. in the counties of Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, Whatcom, and Yakima, are required to develop and implement programs designed to reduce the number of trips and miles employees commute alone to work.
Harborview Medical Center, UW Bothell, and UW Tacoma have since implemented fiscally-separate U-PASS programs with similar, but not identical, benefits. UW Seattle Transportation Services provides centralized U-PASS contracting and ORCA transit fare system administration for all University of Washington campuses.
U-PASS eligibility, procedures, and benefits vary by campus. Details are posted on the campus-specific U-PASS website for each campus and are linked from the institutional U-PASS web page.
For further information, contact UW Transportation Services, the U-PASS contracting agent and ORCA transit fare system administrator for all UW campuses.
December 1997; June 7, 2004; October 7, 2004; September 29, 2011.
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