Frequently Asked Student Questions
What is Student Transportation?
The Student Transportation program was developed after Western students approved an Alternative Transportation Fee in April 2007. The program is responsible for representing and coordinating student transportation needs, and provides services including the Student Bus Pass, the WWU Student Shuttle and trip planning assistance.
How much is the fee?
The Alternative Transportation Fee is $26.25 per quarter, and is added to the tuition of students taking six or more credits. The fee cannot increase by more than 5% each year without a student vote, and is re-approved by a vote of the students every 5 years.
Can I opt-out of the fee?
No. The fee is mandatory for students taking six or more credits. It is similar in nature to the Rec Center Fee, Student Technology Fee and Sustainable Action Fee.
The Western ID card works as a student bus pass.
Who can have a student bus pass?
- Students who have registered for at least one credit
- Graduate Students (regardless of registration)
- Summer student employees (for summer quarter)
How does it work?
When you are registered for classes and have a Transportation Fee on your student account for the quarter, your ID begins working as a bus pass.
If you do NOT have a Transportation Fee on your account, your bus pass will be Inactive.
What if my ID isn't working as a bus pass?
If your ID card does not work on the bus, and you think it should,
Email email@example.com (include your Western ID number) or go to the Western Card Office for assistance.
You may not have an Active bus pass (no Fee on your student account), or, the magnetic strip on your ID card may be damaged.
Where can I replace my ID Card?
The Western ID Card can be replaced at the Western Card Office. There is an $8 charge for a new Western Card.
Where can I travel with my bus pass?
Your student bus pass is good on all WTA buses including the 80X to Mt Vernon. Major destinations in the area include historic Fairhaven, Downtown Bellingham, Lakewood, Bellis Fair Mall area, Sunset Square, Lakeway Center, Lake Padden, Whatcom Falls Park, Lynden, Blaine, Ferndale and Mt Vernon. Using other public transportation to get from Mount Vernon to Everett, Seattle, or Tacoma costs only a few dollars. Click here for more information.
Western Student Shuttle
What is the Student Shuttle?
The Western Student Shuttle is a late night transportation service for Western students only, funded by the Alternative Transportation Fee. A valid Western ID Card is required to board the shuttle.
Where can I go on the Student Shuttle?
The shuttle system consists of two routes serving the WWU campus and following areas: Downtown Bellingham, Bill McDonald Parkway and Sehome Village, Lincoln Creek Park & Ride, Fred Meyer/Lakeway Center and Happy Valley.
Where can I board the Student Shuttle?
Board the Shuttle at any WTA bus stop on its route.
Can my friends who are not Western students ride the Western Student Shuttle with me?
One guest is allowed per student with a valid Western Card. Students are responsible for the conduct of their guest.
What time does the shuttle begin service?
The Student Shuttle leaves the Viking Union or Haggard Hall at 11:00 PM, Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, the shuttle leaves the Viking Union at 9:00 PM, and Haggard Hall at 10pm.
When does the shuttle service begin in the fall?
The Student Shuttle begins operating on the Sunday before classes begin for Fall Quarter and operates throughout Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters. The shuttle does not operate during Thanksgiving, Winter, or Spring breaks.
Does the shuttle operate during the summer?
No. The Student Shuttle does not operate during Summer Quarter.
How can I get to Seattle for $5.75?
We have pre made trip plans to a variety of regional locations located here.
What if I lose my Western Card?
Go to the Western Card office to replace your card and re-encode the bus pass.
Where can I get information about ridesharing?
WWU has a rideshare forum, and there are a variety of public rideshare websites. Find more information here.
I have never ridden the bus - how do I do that?
Click here for detailed tips about riding the bus.
Call, email or visit our office. We can assist you with trip-planning and answer any transportation questions you may have.
- 8am – 5pm, Monday- Friday
- Phone: (360) 650-7960
- E-mail: Transportation@wwu.edu