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The U-PASS program is the cornerstone of the University of Washington's transportation management plan. The U-PASS program provides a package of flexible, low-cost transportation choices for faculty, staff and students. It includes unlimited access to public transit covering full fare on Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Everett Transit, Community Transit and Sound Transit including Sounder Commuter Rail and Link Light Rail. Recognizing that many people must drive to campus from time to time, the UW provides options for a limited number of days of discounted parking to employees who do not drive alone most of the time.

Additionally, the U-PASS program includes:
  • a parking management component that subsidizes carpool and vanpool parking
  • secure bicycle parking and the most extensive university-based bike locker program in the US
  • discounts on bicycle and pedestrian safety equipment
  • an emergency ride home for employees
  • the Night Ride shuttle
  • discounts on Zipcar memberships, and
  • a diverse merchant discount program
Each element of the program is important in helping UW employees and students overcome barriers to using green commute modes by expanding the options available to them.

The UW Transportation Services annually promotes "Ride in the Rain" and Bike Month, which attracted thousands of participants and created hundreds of new bicyclists. Transportation Services has a partnership with the Cascade Bicycle Club to offer free bicycle skills and safety classes to students and employees.

Despite a 34% increase in campus population since the creation of the U-PASS, daily vehicle trips to campus in 2012 were 15% lower than they were at the inception of the U-PASS in 1991. Today 81% of the campus population commutes using an option other than driving alone.

In 2012, UW Transportation Services introduced a number of programs to promote and encourage walking and bicycling. These include UWALK, an online community that connects UW students and employees with metrics and promotions to encourage walking. In partnership with the UW Campus Sustainability Fund, Transportation Services installed five self-service bicycle repair stations on campus. Finally, UW Transportation Services is pursuing significant improvements to the Burke Gilman Trail through campus.