Tacoma, WA
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2 College Freshman

Transportation: Busses stop running very early even on weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Nearly everything you need is within walking distance, and if not, there is a weekend shuttle service.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There's actually a lot to do within walking distance, but having a car isn't a bad idea. But you definitely don't need a car to have fun.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The school does not have a set form of transportation. Students can order vans and whatnot but it's easier to either walk or catch a ride.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: If you have a car you should bring it to school because otherwise it is way to hard to get around.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 822nd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 956th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1144th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Juliette Witous
Sonoma, CA
Grad Year
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Public transportation is good in Tacoma. Pierce Transit runs 56 bus routes, two of which border the Puget Sound campus. Students can get anywhere in Tacoma for $1.50. The downtown district recently installed a light-rail system, so once you get downtown, you can get between shops and restaurants without driving or getting back on the bus. As parking downtown is expensive, this light-rail system is a huge plus. You can also take advantage of the train system for weekend excursions into Seattle. Wherever you travel with public transportation, make sure that you read the bus schedule carefully so that you don't get stuck without a ride in the evenings. Late-night public transportation is not available, and you might have to shell out for a cab.

Overall, students are pleased with the public transportation system, but some have reservations brought on by strange men who seem to ride the buses for fun. The buses are very clean, and the service is regular and reliable with buses coming every half hour or so. Freshmen who are not yet familiar with the city do not need to fear the bus system. Friendly bus drivers are willing to help you out if you simply tell them where you are going. If you are too unsure of the area to venture out on your own, you can always sign up for a trip with one of the many student organizations who often borrow University vans for their excursions off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Bum a ride from a friend
  • Public buses
  • Zip Cars
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $65
  • Shuttle Express or Capital Aerporter
Local Taxi Services
Ace Taxi: (888) 589-1125
Did You Know?
If you know how to work the system, you can get security to give you rides to or from a party if you don't want to walk.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Security Services
(253) 879-3311
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?

Pierce Transit

There are two bus lines that run right up to campus. Students can get bus schedules from the Information Booth in the Student Union Building. Bus fare is $1.50 to get anywhere in Tacoma. There is also Tacoma Rail, the light rail system.

(253) 581-8000

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Sea-Tac Airport (Seattle-Tacoma Airport)

Sea-Tac is about 15 miles northeast of campus.

17801 International Blvd.

(206) 787-5388

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound - Tacoma

The there are several public buses that run straight from the University to the Greyhound station, which is in downtown Tacoma, about three miles southeast of campus.

510 Puyallup Ave.

(800) 454-2487

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak - Tacoma

The Amtrak station is in downtown Tacoma, about three miles southeast of campus, and can be reached via public buses.

1001 Puyallup Ave.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 27 responses

  • 44% Nonexistent.
  • 4% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 15% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 15% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 22% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 11% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 70% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 15% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 4% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 10% Fairly difficult.
  • 68% Fairly easy.
  • 23% Very easy.

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

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

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

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 28 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing


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