Transportation and Parking Services


Seattle University offers several programs that were created and/or modified specifically to encourage SU community members to use alternative transportation. The University's CTR program has been recognized by King County Metro as a Diamond Award Winner for its strong contribution to commute trip reduction.

Biking at SU

The university offers a few incentives to employees who are registered bicyclist. These benefits include a secure commuter bike storage, access to shower and locker space, as well as a set of complimentary parking cards, which allow for five (5) days of free campus parking per month. Click here for more information.

Online Transit Planners

King County's Trip Planner | Google Transit | Rideshare Online  

ORCA Transit Pass

Employees pay $11.58/month for a university-subsidized ORCA Transit Pass. This pass includes bus and train travel across four counties, van pools and van sharing subsidies and an emergency taxi ride home if needed. ORCA Transit Pass holders also receive a complementary parking card for up to five days of parking each month. A 72% subsidy is offered to employees using walk-on ferry service. Car ferry service is not eligible for subsidy.

Launched by King County Metro in 2015, the ORCA LIFT card is a reduced fare transit passed for eligible riders. Monthly passes are currently priced at $54, bringing the total cost to $162 per quarter -or- $216 per semester. If you do not qualify for ORCA LIFT, you are still eligible for a subsidy, but the process is a bit different. The university will subsidize approximately 55% of a pass used mainly for travel within King County or approximately 60% of the cost of a pass used to travel from outside of King County. Click here for more information.


Employees and students have access to a wealth of benefits and resources for reducing the impact their commute has on their wallets and the environment, including carpooling, ridesharing and local vehicle rentals. Click here for more information.


Employees who are registered walkers receive a complementary parking card for five days of parking each month should they need to park on campus. There is a $10 charge for enrollment in this program. Click here for more information.

Guaranteed Ride Home

The university pays for a cab ride home in case of an emergency for employees who do not take their car to work. Contact with questions, or visit our office if you need to take advantage of this program.