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UW Tacoma Motor Pool

The University of Washington Tacoma Motor Pool currently has one full-size cargo van and one hybrid sedan available for use by authorized drivers and passengers. Motor Pool vehicles are provided at cost for individuals/departments authorized to travel on official University business.  Use of a vehicle will be recharged to the campus department requesting its use.

Check UCAR First!

Prior to requesting a vehicle through the Motor Pool, customers should check to see if a UCAR vehicle is available from the UCAR site at Laborers Hall. UCAR is the University of Washington's car sharing program (similar in function to ZipCar) and offers significant savings when compared to Motor Pool services.

State of Washington and University Policies

All use of Motor Pool vehicles falls under applicable University of Washington policies and procedures, including, but not limited to:


The UW Tacoma Facilities office is located in MAT 004; office hours for the Motor Pool are 7:30 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.  All reservations should be made using the "Reserve a Vehicle" link located on the left hand margin. UW Tacoma Facilities Services coordinates administrative billing, complaints and accidental damage charges for the vehicles.  For Motor Pool inquires, email or phone 253.692.5700.

Other Vehicle Options

Enterprise Rent-a-Car

In the event that a Motor Pool or UCAR vehicle is not available, Motor Pool staff may be able to rent a comperable vehicle through a regional Enterprise rental office.  Operators of leased and rented vehicles are are subject to the same training requirements as operators of other Motor Pool vehicles.

UW Tacoma Facilities

UW Tacoma campus users may reserve a 3/4 Ton pickup truck through Facilities and Campus Services.


UW Tacoma has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to campus.  Learn more at the UW Tacoma Zipcar site.

UW Fleet Services

Users may also arrange for a vehicle through the UW Seattle Fleet Services.  Note that Fleet Services does not deliver vehicles to the Tacoma campus.  Users must make individual arrangements to pick up and return motor pool vehicles to UW Seattle.

Fleet Services can also provide assistance with vehicles designed for the mobility limited.