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About Transportation Services




We provide innovative and sustainable transportation solutions that facilitate the education, research, cultural, and service missions of the University.

Transportation Services Goals & Guiding Principles


  • Intergovernmental Coordination and Citizen Participation

          Proactively develop partnerships to best serve all users of the regional transportation system.

  •  Community Preservation

Protect natural and developing assets to create transportation options where people can live, learn, work, and play in a safe and healthy environment.

  • Multimodal System

Prioritize the movement of people and services via modes that contribute to viability of a balanced transportation network that provides mobility, accessibility, and economic vitality across all neighborhoods.

  • Environmental, Fiscal Stewardship and Social Accountability

Design an environmentally, socially, and fiscally sustainable transportation system that serves an innovative system and the greater community.

  • Transportation Demand Management

Develop and implement transportation demand management strategies and programs that contribute to the overall effectiveness of the multimodal transportation system.

  • Land Use and Transportation

Build a transportation network that reinforces the Campus Master Plan and the campus developments.

What about Transportation Services...

What does the Transportation Services programs include?

Transportation Services (TS) promotes sustainable commute modes, while still understanding that some need to drive to campus and they'll need a place to park. Transportation Services strives to have an option for every type of user. TS overarching goal is to reduce the amount of people commuting to campus via Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV); in doing so, reducing the campuses emissions for a healthier community and region. To reduce SOV commuting TS implements policies, incentives, and initiatives to change behavior to get people out of their car try alternatives to driving alone.

What is Transportation Demand Management?

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is a terms used to talk about the use of policies, fees, and fines to dis-incentivize, as well as program initiatives and incentives to reduce peak demand for street right of way and parking.

What are commute modes?

Commute modes are all forms of transportation use to get from place of residence to campus. Some of those could be:

  • Walk
  • Bike
  • Transit
  • Drive
  • And many more such new scooter share or a mix of modes!

What is UW Tacoma's current commute mode split?


About the UPASS...

What is a UPASS?

A UPASS is a UW program that activates your Husky ID into an unlimited transit pass, powered by ORCA, which stands for One Regional Card for All. It is the regional transit fare payment system.

How do I get a Husky ID?

Husky ID's are usually issued during orientation. All current students, faculty and staff can get their Husky Card from the Office of the Registrar in Mattress Factory 253. Husky Cards must be picked up in person; they cannot be mailed.

Why did the UPASS program transition to a Universal benefit for students?

In effort to continue to promote and incentivize alternative transportation, TS worked with students on approval of a Universal UPASS program for students. TS is a self-sustaining program that provides alternative transportation options. Over the course of the past five years, transit fares and ridership have continually increased causing escalating UPASS expenses. To ensure revenue sufficiency for the program, students were asked if they supported a mandatory fee to keep the cost of the UPASS per student at $45.00 per quarter. UW Tacoma students were asked through a survey if they supported this shift from opt-in to universal, it was approved with a 67 percent approval rating. As the program is implemented, more students will utilize public transportation and shift the campus commute mode to more sustainable options and have a direct impact as fewer students will choose to park on and around campus. It is through incentives and programs like this that TS strives to shift the campus’s commute mode split to more sustainable options.

What benefits are covered by the UPASS?

With a U-PASS, it’s easy to save money and tread softly on the environment by choosing alternatives to driving alone. Or consider “mixing up your commute” — using an alternative when possible, driving when necessary.

Participation in the U-PASS program requires a valid Husky Card.

UPASS benefits

  • Full fare coverage on Metro Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit and Sound Transit buses
  • Full fare coverage on Sounder commuter train service
  • Full fare Link Light Rail
  • Full fare coverage for paratransit services
  • Subsidized vanpool fares

Is the Husky ID different from the standard ORCA card?

Yes. The Husky Card is not a standard ORCA card. In order to provide the convenience of a single card to all campus services, UW decided to include the smart chip inside your Husky ID Card instead of issuing standard ORCA cards. The UPASS also provides a huge discount at $45.00 per quarter for unlimited fares.

Can I use my Husky ID for anything else?

Yes. Husky ID's can also be used as an e-purse to make purchases at West Coast Grocer and other retail shops. For more information visit Dawg Dollars.

 UW Tacoma Parking Regulations and Rates...

Where can I park on campus?


Where can I park and pay an hourly or daily rate?

Cragle, Tioga, and Pinkerton parking have hourly and daily parking options. Cragle and Pinkerton have a 3 hour limit.

Why does Cragle and Pinkerton have a 3 hour limit?

Cragle and Pinkerton are the closest UW Tacoma parking facilities to retail. The 3 hour limit is meant to encourage turnover to create places for visitors to park, while still long enough to be used for a class schedule.

Why are other UW Tacoma parking lots and garage permit parking only?

To ensure UW Tacoma parking facilities are used for university use during peak times, Transportation Services implemented permit parking only. This creates an avenue that Transportation Services can manage parking capacity instead of letting parking filling up without permit holders having a place to park. To purchase permit you must be affiliated with the university. If the parking lots and garage wasn't permit parking only it would fill up with daily parkers from the adjacent construction project or events nearby.

Need an inexpensive place to park?

Transportation Services has partnered with the City of Tacoma to create an affordable place to park at the Tacoma Dome Lot A. Only $45.00 per quarter! Stop wasting time and gas searching for a place to park. Tacoma Dome Lot A is just two blocks ways from the FREE Tacoma link that drops you off right in front of campus.