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.