Alternative commute options

Bicycling/walking

WSU Vancouver offers bicycle racks, clothes lockers and shower facilities. Covered bicycle racks are available for use outside the Library building and Firstenburg Student Commons.

Maps of the bicycle routes in the Greater Vancouver area are available free of charge in the Parking Services office.  For more information, see the following:


Carpool/vanpool

WSU Vancouver offers carpool permits that allow you to park in reserved spaces. When you register your carpool or vanpool of two or more people with Parking Services, your parking permit will be marked with an indicator allowing you to use Carpool Reserved spaces. You will also receive some Orange daily parking permits to use in case you need to drive alone occasionally. (Semester carpools receive three daily permits, and Annual carpools receive six.)

WSU Vancouver employees who are members of a registered carpool or vanpool are eligible for an Emergency Ride Home voucher in case of an emergency.

Contact Parking Services for more information and for the current locations of the carpool reserved parking spaces. To find a carpool or vanpool in your area, visit Clark County Commute.


Pre-tax commuter benefit

Washington State University is partnering with WageWorks® to provide a pre-tax benefit account used to pay for public transit and parking expenses—including train, subway, bus, ferry, eligible vanpool—and qualified parking as part of your daily commute to work. WSU recognizes that our employees live and work all over the state and country. For those employees who live in the U.S. and currently have to pay for their commuting costs, you will have the option to do so on a pre-tax basis through the WageWorks Commuter program.

Read the sign up details regarding pre-tax commuter accounts.


Public transportation

C-Tran’s #19 Salmon Creek bus route offers service to the WSU Vancouver campus during the week. Visit C-Tran for the most up-to-date bus schedule.

Lower Columbia CAP offers a Rural Public Transportation service between Longview and Vancouver Monday through Friday, six times a day. Visit its website for program eligibility and schedules.

TriMet provides public transportation in the Portland, Oregon, area.

Students, staff and faculty of WSU Vancouver are eligible for the C-Tran BackPASS, allowing unlimited access to C-Tran local and limited bus service (not valid on Express or C-VAN services). The BackPASS program is subject to discontinuation at C-Tran’s discretion. Contact the cashier in the Student Services Center at WSU Vancouver for more information.