Getting Around Bellingham

Transportation Options

At WWU we strongly encourage everybody to use alternatives to driving alone to campus. In Bellingham most places that students go are a short walk, bike ride, or bus trip away. Transportation Services:

  • coordinates bus passes and late-night transportation services for students and provides bicycling support and education, commute trip reduction information, and trip planning assistance.
  • manages all operations and services related to parking on campus and is involved in campus transportation planning.  

 

Transportation Office: Old Main 110, 360-650-2945transportation@wwu.edu, transportation.wwu.edu

All students have access to a Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) bus pass on their Western ID cards. WTA buses serve Western with many convenient bus routes that run every 15 minutes during peak travel times. Bus routes serving Western connect with other routes at the Downtown Bellingham Transit Station. WTA routes allow easy access to additional regional transportation options such as Amtrak, Greyhound, BoltBus, Bellingham Airport, Bellair Airporter Shuttle, Skagit County Transit, and local Washington ferry routes. 

Visit transportation.wwu.edu/bus or ridewta.com or call 360.676.RIDE.

The Starlight Shuttle provides Western students a ride after the WTA buses stop running for the day. It is funded through the Active Transportation Fee and students do not pay an additional fare when riding the shuttle. The service is on-demand meaning it will pick you up where you are and take you where you want to go. Service is available in a geofenced area that is approximately a five mile radius around campus.

  • Request a ride in the following ways
    • using the TransLoc app and your Western email address
    • online at ondemand.transloc.com
    • by calling the dispatcher at 206-638-7124
  • Shuttle Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10:30 pm - 2:30 am and Sunday, 9 pm - 2 am
  • To ride the Starlight Shuttle show the shuttle driver your Western ID card when you board.    
  • Service begins in September on the Sunday before classes begin and ends in June on the Saturday following finals.
    • There is no shuttle service during summer quarter, Thanksgiving (Thurs-Sat), and winter and spring breaks.
  • Service may be canceled when weather causes dangerous road conditions. 

Visit the Starlight Shuttle page for more information. 

Bellingham has many bicycling routes that make it easy, safe, and pleasant to travel by bike. There is plentiful bike parking on campus and much of it is covered. Bike lockers are also available for rent from Transportation Services. All WTA buses have bike racks on them which extends the range of travel by bike. Our website has maps and helpful bicycling tips and we will gladly assist you with all your bicycling needs. Additionally, the Associated Students Outdoor Center provides inexpensive bike repair, parts, and rentals.

transportation.wwu.edu/bicycling

as.wwu.edu/outdoor

Parking on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods is extremely limited. It is recommended that students avoid bringing a car to campus unless it is absolutely necessary. There are only 1,800 on campus student parking spaces for Western’s approximate 15,000 students, so most students will not receive a parking permit. A valid WWU parking permit is required to park in Western parking lots. Parking permits are awarded through a waitlist system based on accumulated credit hours earned at Western. New students with low or no credit hours may not qualify for an on-campus parking permit. A parking permit provides permission to park in a specific lot and does not guarantee drivers a parking space. Permits are associated with a specific license plate and while citations are issued to the driver of the vehicle, they are ultimately the responsibility of the vehicle’s registered owner.

Visit transportation.wwu.edu/student-permits

The Bellingham campus and surrounding neighborhoods are very walkable. We invite you to do some exploring on foot. Most off-campus housing is within a 15 minute walk of campus. Combining walking with the bus can get you almost everywhere you need to go in Bellingham.

Visit transportation.wwu.edu/walking

This quarterly fee funds student transportation programs such as the universal student WTA bus pass and late-night transportation services.

Visit transportation.wwu.edu/active-transportation-fee for more information.

Visit WWU Transportation Services for regional transit options, trip plans, directions, and recommended routes to and from WWU and local airports, train stations, bus stations and ferry terminals.

Old Main 110, (360) 650-2945ransportation@wwu.edutransportation.wwu.edu/regional-transportation-options