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TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION

 

Conference participants flying into Seattle will arrive at Seattle Tacoma International Airport. The airport is 18 miles from the University of Washington and the University District. See regional map for a layout of the metropolitan region.

 

Ride share vans, exclusive vans and limousines, and taxis are all available from the airport. Click this airport map to see the various passenger pickup/drop-off modes and locations of service. The Port of Seattle website provides a comprehensive list of options (for more information, see the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport main page).

 

The buildings where WCCFL 25 takes place are Gowen Hall and the Husky Union Building. More maps of campus and the Seattle area can be found in our maps section. [add hyperlink and change sentence if need be]

 

Selection of transportation services from SEATAC:

 

By shuttle:

If you're going to the University-area hotels, the cheapest (and sometimes one of the slowest and most confusing) ways is to use the airport Shuttle Express. You can call the shuttle ahead of time to make reservations at 206-981-7000 or 1-800-487-7433. There are two pickup locations at opposite ends of the baggage claim area. The system is far simpler for the return ride from hotel to the airport: the hotel clerk usually will arrange the trip to SeaTac for you. The shuttle costs about $20 per person.

 

By taxi:

This is the simplest method of transportation by far. To get a taxi, follow signs from baggage claim to taxi pick-up area. You will cross the skybridge to the parking structure and go down one floor. The taxis are lined up in the parking structure itself, not on the street (the company STITA has the sole license to serve SeaTac Airport). Expect to pay $40 cash or credit card.


Any cab company can take you back to the airport. Far West (206.622.1717) is reliable.

 

By bus:

There's a hotel shuttle bus (called the Airporter) that leaves from either end of the street in front of the baggage claim area every 30 minutes ($8.50). You'll see booths at either end of the sidewalk outside the baggage claim area where you can get tickets and the schedule of departures. The drive to downtown is 20 minutes. Then the bus stops at all major hotels. Get off at the first stop and then take a cab from there ($10) to the University-District. For the return take a cab to the Westin Hotel downtown, and then catch the Airporter. Departures from the Westin are at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour except for very late at night.

 

There are city express busses (route 194 - see the Metro web pages). These do much the same thing as the more lavish "Airporter bus". Pay as you board, $1.25 ($2.00 at rush hour). Bus drivers do not make change. The ride normally takes 30 minutes. Add 5 minutes in rush hour. The bus stop at the airport is on the street at the far south end of the baggage claim area (turn right as you exit the airport and walk 50 meters past the end of the building). Look for the sign on the curb that says 174/Seattle, 194/Seattle, etc. Be sure to take the 194; the 174 is a local route with lots of stops. Here's the route 194 bus schedule. Rides are $2 at rush hour, $1.25 otherwise (have exact change).

Exit downtown and walk 2 blocks to the Four Seasons/Olympic Hotel to get a cab to the campus or your hotel ($10).

On the return, get the 194 southbound on the street-level bus stop at 3rd and Union. The bus makes a few stops and then goes nonstop down the freeway to the airport, 30 minutes total travel time (35 minutes at rush hour). Pay as you EXIT the bus.

 

Buses 71, 72, 73 are the main buses going to the University-District from Downtown.

Get detailed information on bus routes serving the UW and the University District.

 

By car

Directions coming from the north:

To the HUB

From I-5 southbound, take the #168B exit (Bellevue/Kirkland) to State Route 520. Take the first exit off SR520; the sign will point to Montlake Boulevard NE. Turn left onto Montlake Blvd. and continue north past Husky Stadium. Move over into the far left lane to prepare for the fork in road. When the road splits, take the left fork onto 25th Avenue NE. Proceed to the traffic light where you turn left onto Pend Oreille Road. Head up the hill to Gate #3; stop at the gatehouse for directions and a parking permit.

To Gowen Hall

From I-5 southbound, take the NE 45th Street exit (#169). Turn left onto NE 45th Street. Continue east about one quarter mile to 15th Avenue NE and turn right. Head south on 15th Avenue three blocks to NE 41st Street. Turn left at Gate #1 into the Central Plaza Garage. Stop at the gatehouse inside the garage for directions and a parking permit.

Directions coming from the south:

To the HUB

From I-5 northbound, take exit #168B (Bellevue/Kirkland). to State Route 520. Take the first exit off SR520; the sign will point to Montlake Boulevard NE. Turn left into Montlake Blvd. and continue north past Husky Stadium. Move over into the far left lane to prepare for the fork in road. When the road splits, take the left fork onto 25th Avenue NE. Proceed to the traffic light where you turn left onto Pend Oreille Road. Head up the hill to Gate #3. Stop there for directions and a parking permit.

To Gowen Hall

From I-5 northbound, take the NE 45th Street exit (#169). Turn right onto NE 45th Street. Continue east about one quarter mile to 15th Avenue NE and turn right. Head south on 15th Avenue three blocks to NE 41st Street. Turn left at Gate #1 into the Central Plaza Garage. Stop at the gatehouse inside the garage for directions and a parking permit.

Directions coming from the east:

To the HUB

Coming from the east use State Route 520; take the Montlake Boulevard exit. Continue north past Husky Stadium. Move over into the far left lane to prepare for the fork in road. When the road splits, take the left fork onto 25th Avenue NE. At the traffic light,turn left onto Pend Oreille Road. Proceed up the hill to Gate #3. Stop at the gatehouse for directions and a parking permit.

To Gowen Hall

Coming from the east use State Route 520. Take the Montlake Boulevard exit. Continue north on Montlake Blvd. and cross the drawbridge. At the first traffic light after the bridge, turn left onto NE Pacific Street. Proceed west on NE Pacific to 15th Avenue NE. Turn right and head north on 15th Avenue to NE 41st Street where Gate #1 is located. Turn right into the Central Plaza Garage. Stop at the gatehouse inside the garage for directions and a parking permit.

 

PARKING

Visitors may obtain parking permits and campus information from campus gatehouses which operate between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Lower-cost parking is available after 4 p.m. weekdays, on Saturday mornings, and at all times in several campus lots, including Montlake lots E1, E3 and E4.

http://www.washington.edu/admin/parking/visitday.html

 


HOTELS

 

The following two hotels offer discount prices to WCCFL 25 participants:

 

University Tower Hotel

4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE

Seattle, WA 98105

(206)634-2000

http://www.universitytowerhotel.com/

 

Rooms           Single/Double Rate

1 King           $109/night + tax (25 available)

2 Queens       $109/night + tax (5 available)

 

-4-Star Hotel

-Easy walking distance to conference location

 

-MUST reserve rooms by March 26th to ensure price/room availability

 

There are currently 21 rooms left at the University Tower.

 

 

Seattle University Travelodge

4725 25th Ave. NE

Seattle, WA 98105

(206)525-4612

http://www.travelodge.com/Travelodge/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=07053&brandInfo=TL

 

Singles  (1 double bed) $66/night + tax (5 available)

Doubles (2 double bed) $76/night + tax (15 available)

 

-Includes continental breakfast & free parking

-Travelodge recommends Shuttle Express from the airport

-No shuttle to campus, but 68 & 372 lines go directly from hotel to HUB

 

-MUST reserve rooms by March 27th to ensure price/room availability

 

There are currently 12 rooms left at the Travelodge.

 

 

Student Presenter 'Crash Space'

 

There is a limited amount of 'crash space' available for student presenters.  If you would like to inquire about the possibility of staying with a University of Washington graduate student or faculty member for the weekend of the conference, please contact us at: wccfl25@u.washington.edu

 

For a complete listing of hotels in the University-District area:

 

http://seattle.citysearch.com/find/section/seattle/hotels_visitors.html?


USEFUL MAPS

 

SEATTLE

SEATAC Airport map:

http://www.portseattle.org/about/maps/ground.shtml

 

Seattle regional map (Airport / Downtown / University of Washington).

 

UW Campus map (searchable): http://www.washington.edu/home/maps/

Same map in PDF format can be found here (printable).

 

CONFERENCE LOCATION

WCCFL 25 will take place in the Husky Union Building, aka “the HUB” and Gowen Hall.

 

HUB location map:

http://www.washington.edu/home/maps/northcentral.html?HUB

 

Gowen location map: http://www.washington.edu/home/maps/northcentral.html?GWN

 

Also useful:

HUB home: http://depts.washington.edu/sauf/hub/

HUB floor maps: http://depts.washington.edu/sauf/hub/floors.php

 


WEATHER

To help you plan what to wear while you are in Seattle, the average high temperature for the end of April is 62 degrees Fahrenheit (17C) and the average low is 45F (7C). The actual highs and lows are rarely much above or much below the average. There is a chance that it will not be raining. To get an up to date forecast before you leave, check out the following web page:

 

http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/98125?locid=98125