Transportation

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Seattle, WA
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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I've never had an issue with it.

College Freshman

Transportation: There is no on-campus transportation.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The metro system is great and very easy to navigate. We have transportation options at school. The Nigh Hawk will gladly pick you within a 1 mile radius of the school. Also, a shuttle will gladly bring you to and pick you up from the airport or train station. The light rail has opened up transportation options as well.

5 College Junior

Transportation: There are a ton of transportation options in this city. Students can also get free bus passes for the day. However, I feel that most things I want to see are within walking distance. Downtown, is only about a 15 minute walk away. I feel that walking is by far the best way to see Seattle.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Night Hawk will pick you up with in a 10 block radius of campus. The bus system is hard to understand but useful once you know which bus to get on. Taxis are expensive and zip cars aren't really used. The Light Rail to the airport is $1.25 and very easy to access.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 172nd
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 657th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1242nd
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michael Lis-Sette
Hometown
Seattle, WA
Major
Journalism
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It may receive the occasional negative comment, but the mass transit system in Seattle is an extremely efficient means for traveling about the city. The buses are buses, but they are generally clean and comfortable, and several routes run right by the school. They will take you basically anywhere you could want to go, from the UW to the Woodland Park Zoo, and they almost always arrive on time. The Sounder Commuter Rail system links up Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, and Lakewood via the existing rail network, and though it doesn’t run nearly as frequently as the buses, it is an option if you want to live outside of Seattle itself and are willing to get up very early and get home very late. An expanded Light Rail system is set to begin operation in 2009 in Seattle itself, but Capitol Hill won’t be getting a station until 2016, so you’ll have to be willing to walk a bit further south if you want to take a ride down to SeaTac.

Walking is also an option, but First Hill is called a hill for a reason, so be ready to get a bit tired if you have to walk a long distance. Weather can also be a pain, but it isn’t as big a problem as it’s made out to be, so just grab a jacket or a hoodie, and you’ll be fine (locals never use umbrellas). Bicycling is another option, and one that’s extremely popular not just with Seattle U students but with locals across Seattle. Seattle is a bike crazy city, and bikers have even organized into political advocacy groups for expanded access to the roads. Of course, plenty of people just love the chance to strap on a helmet, hop on their bike, and take a leisurely ride down to the Waterfront with their friends.
 

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Buses - SU offers special bus pass rates
  • Cushy shoes
  • Find a friend with a car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $30 from downtown and $35 from SU.
  • Get a ride from a friend.
  • Shuttle Express (425) 981-7433 is a shared ride shuttle which serves Seattle and quotes the ride to or from campus at around $23.
  • Sound Transit or King County Metro Transit charge between $1.25 - $2 for a ride to or from the airport.
Did You Know?
  • Seattle University offers bus passes to students without a parking permit at a 55 percent discount.
  • Though it will not be until 2016, Capitol Hill will be getting a Light Rail station as part of a general expansion of the Light Rail network. Once built, you'd be able to travel anywhere from the University of Washington to SeaTac.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Nighthawk Shuttle Service

(206) 296-5990

Sunday-Thursday 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m.

Friday-Saturday 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Foot Escorts

(206) 296-5990

24 hours daily

Public TransitWhat's This?

Sound Transit

(800) 201-4900

www.soundtransit.org

King County Metro Transit

(800) 542-7876

transit.metrokc.gov

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Sea-Tac is 14 miles and about a 20-minute drive from SU.

2711 Alaskan Way

(206) 433-5388

www.portseattle.org/seatac

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Seattle Greyhound Bus Terminal

The Greyhound Bus Line in Seattle is in downtown Seattle approximately 1.18 miles from campus.

811 Stewart St.

(206) 628-5526

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Seattle Amtrak Station

The Seattle Amtrak Station is in downtown Seattle approximately .89 miles from campus.

303 S. Jackson St.

(206) 382-4128

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 29 responses

  • 28% Nonexistent.
  • 7% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 17% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 14% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 34% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 28% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 66% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 3% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 3% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 27 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 26 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 27 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 7% Fairly difficult.
  • 25% Fairly easy.
  • 64% Very easy.
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