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2010-2011 Catalog 
2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Appendix I - Transportation Services

WWU is committed to supporting sustainable transportation options and reducing automobile-dependent transportation. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to utilize the variety of transportation options available and minimize the use of motor vehicles. Alternatives to driving alone include walking, bicycling, public transit, park and ride, and ride sharing. The Sustainable Transportation Office offers information and assistance to help students find the transportation options that best fit their needs while attending Western Washington University. WWU is bordered by residential neighborhoods within easy walking distance of downtown, and is well served by public transportation. For information, contact Western’s Sustainable Transportation program at 360-650-7960, transportation@wwu.edu or go to www.wwu.edu/transportation.

Western Student Transportation

The student transportation program provides transportation resources for students including a Viking Xpress Bus Pass for each student*, a daily late night and Sunday daytime Student Shuttle service, and a student Alternative Transportation Coordinator. The program is funded by a $25 quarterly Student Transportation Fee. For more information, visit the student transportation website at http://transportation.as.wwu.edu.

*Students taking 6 or more credits are automatically assessed the $25 Student Transportation Fee; students taking 1-5 credits can opt in to the student transportation program by paying the fee. Fee and eligibility do not apply to online or off-site classes or non-credit programs.

Viking Xpress Student Bus Pass

The Viking Xpress bus pass is valid for unlimited rides on all Whatcom Transportation Authority bus routes, including routes serving the Lincoln Creek Transportation Center and the 80X route serving Mount Vernon and Bellingham. Student Viking Xpress bus passes are magnetically encoded on student ID cards through the Western Card office in Eden’s Hall. Lost ID cards can be replaced at the Western Card office.

Student Shuttle

The WWU Student Shuttle is a late night and Sunday bus service open only to Western students. The shuttle system consists of two routes that serve WWU, Downtown Bellingham, Bill McDonald Parkway, Lincoln Creek Transportation Center, and Lakeway Center. The WWU Student Shuttle stops at all WTA bus stops along its route, but does not serve WTA’s Downtown Station. Instead, the shuttle stops on Railroad Avenue just outside the WTA station. The Student Shuttle makes two express runs to the Fairhaven Transportation Center on Sunday evenings to meet Amtrak and Greyhound arrivals.


WWU is located within a mile of the Bellingham Central Business District and is surrounded by friendly residential neighborhoods. The campus is accessible via trails and an extensive sidewalk network through the neighborhoods. Walking is the cheapest way to go, and for trips of less than a mile, walking from door to door is usually just as fast as driving, parking and walking.


Bellingham is a featured bicycle destination, and the community supports bicycle transportation. With more than 900 bike racks adjacent to residence halls and academic buildings, you are encouraged to bring your bicycle to Western. There are some restrictions on bicycling in campus pedestrian areas during high-traffic times. The WWU Bicycle Commuting Guide and Washington state bicycle traffic laws are available at http://www.wwu.edu/transportation. Bicycles can be registered at no charge with University Police at the Campus Services Building. Bicycle locks, lights, parts and repair assistance are available at the Outdoor Center bike shop in the Viking Union.

Public transit

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) provides safe, high-quality, cost-effective, and accessible public transportation. WTA offers WWU convenient service with multiple routes Monday-Saturday. Routes serving Western connect with other routes at the downtown Bellingham Transit Station including regional transit connections at Skagit Station in Mount Vernon. Evening service connects WWU with other Bellingham destinations until 10 p.m. six days a week. Easy to use bike racks are installed on every WTA bus. For WTA route and schedule information, call 360-676-RIDE or visit www.ridewta.com.

Persons with disabilities service

All WTA buses (except emergency backup vehicles) are wheelchair accessible. Transit service is available for those unable to access or use fixed route buses through WTA Specialized Transportation by calling (360) 733-1144 (TTY call (360) 676-6844).

Park and Ride

The off-campus Lincoln Creek Transportation Center is convenient to Interstate 5 and a 10-minute bus ride to the center of campus. WTA routes serve the park and ride lot, providing a convenient means for commuters to avoid the parking hassles on and near campus.

Parking Services



Parking Services is located in the Campus Services Building at the intersection of Bill McDonald Parkway and 21st Street, at the south end of campus. Parking Services hours are 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Visitor Information Drive Thru hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays during fall, winter, and spring quarters when WWU is in session.

Parking space is limited. Anyone using campus parking facilities is required to purchase and display a valid University parking permit on any motorized vehicle. Parking regulations are strictly enforced. Drivers are encouraged to become familiar with the University parking and traffic regulations. Parking maps, regulations, and fees are available online www.ps.wwu.edu or at Parking Services.

Quarterly and Annual Parking Permits

Early application is necessary but does not guarantee a permit for all students who apply. Parking permit applications for fall quarter are available online the last week of May, with a deadline of July 31st. Applications can be mailed upon request. Parking assignments are made on the basis of class seniority and date submitted. Nonresident student parking lots at WWU are located a 10-minute walk from the center of campus. For those needing to drive on occasion, daily short-term parking permits can be purchased by stopping by our office.

Parking for persons with disabilities

Parking access throughout the campus is available to those with state disability permits. A WWU permit is also required at the same price as a regular permit during business hours. Accessibility guides to the WWU campus are available at our office. For further information, contact us.

Parking for visitors/Temporary Parking/loading and unloading

Visitors to campus can purchase a visitor permit at our office during business hours or may park (with payment) in meter spaces, 6V, 12A or C West pay station lots. (Call us for information on arranging for guest parking). A 20 minute unloading/loading permit can be obtained at our office at no charge.

Evening parking

For after hours parking, pay stations and meters are located in various locations throughout central campus for your convenience. All lots are enforced as posted on the sign at the entrance of each lot. Regular spaces in the C lots and 12A lot are not enforced evenings M-F, 4:30p.m. to 7a.m. or all day on weekends. Disability-accessible spaces in those lots require a state permit all hours. Payment is required at all meters all hours.

Parking permit fees Quarterly total
Campus resident parking $91.10
Adjacent (C Zone) commuter permit $79.50
Peripheral (CR) resident permit $79.50
Carpool permit $59.32
Motorcycle parking $16.21
Disability Permit $79.50


Daily parking (7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) $2 per hour
Meter parking (all hours) $2 per hour
Motorcycle parking $2 per day
Pay box lots after 4:30 p.m. $1 per hour