As you explore employment at the University of Washington, it’s a good idea to consider how you’ll get to campus. The way you get to work will be influenced by where you live, where you work and what your work schedule is, as well as your personal budget, preferences and needs. Thankfully, a wealth of commute options is available to UW faculty and staff.
If you already know where you’ll be working and what your schedule looks like, reach out to UW Transportation Services’ Commute Options service for a personalized set of commute options. You can reach us online or, for immediate assistance, give us a call at 206-221-3701 or visit Transportation Services at 1320 NE Campus Parkway (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
To review the cost of commute products that may be available to you (depending on availability and your employment classification) take a look at our current rates. Are you ready to purchase a U-PASS, secure bicycle parking, or parking permit? Review our product readiness guide to make your purchase as smooth as possible.
Here are the different ways UW employees can get to work:
WALKING – Fresh air, exercise, and ease! If you live within a few miles of campus, walking might be faster than you think. Learn how to take the first steps at transportation.uw.edu/walk.
The average cost of walking to the UW: free!
Did you know bicycling is the fastest growing form of transportation at the UW? Plentiful bicycle parking, fun events, free classes and more make the UW a gold-level Bicycle Friendly University! Learn about this fun, active option at transportation.uw.edu/bike.
The average cost of bicycling to the UW: $17 per month.
RIDING THE BUS/TRAIN:
Let someone else take the driver’s seat so you can sit back and relax. If your home isn’t within walking distance of a transit stop, consider bicycling or driving to a park-and-ride. Learn about route planning, real-time arrival information, and more at transportation.uw.edu/transit.
The average cost of riding transit to the UW: $50 per month.
Carpooling at the UW can significantly cut your parking costs, not to mention the cost of gas, tolls, and other driving expenses. Learn how to find a carpool partner and what carpool parking options are available at transportation.uw.edu/carpool.
The average cost of carpooling to the UW: $185 per month.
Particularly for long-distance commuters and those who do not have transit access, a vanpool can be a cost-effective, low-stress option. Join a group of five to 15 commuters in a comfortable passenger van. Learn more about vanpool fares and subsidies, forms, and how to find an existing vanpool or start a new one at transportation.uw.edu/vanpool.
The average cost of vanpooling to the UW: $130 per month.
Whether you drive to campus by yourself just once in a blue moon or on a regular basis, we have a parking option for you. Learn about parking permits at transportation.uw.edu/parking.
The average cost of driving alone to the UW: $460 per month.
SHUTTLES & UCAR:
There’s no need to bring your own car to campus when you can use the well-loved UW Shuttles service and UCAR short-term rentals for your UW business transportation needs. Find shuttle routes and schedules at transportation.uw.edu/uwshuttles, and UCAR reservation information at transportation.uw.edu/fleetservices.
Drive-alone and carpool costs calculated using UW Commuter Calculator and 2015 Transportation Survey average commuting distance, commuting days per week, commuting weeks per year, 21.6 mpg (national average) and $2.29-per-gallon gasoline (Seattle average); transit costs based on faculty/staff U-PASS rate; vanpool costs based on King County Metro March 2016 invoice; walking and biking costs based on UW Commuter Calculator.