Eastern Washington University is committed to providing students, faculty and staff with sufficient parking, while also providing cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternatives to driving. Whether you are new to campus, or are looking for some different ways to approach your commute, there are many good options for you at Eastern.
Do you have an Eagle Card? Of course you do! The card comes with many perks—and one of them is a free Spokane Transit Authority (STA) bus pass. The student transportation fee helps to cover these costs for all full-time registered students. Some buses even offer free Wi-Fi, so you can kick back and listen to your favorite podcast while someone else does the driving.
Faculty and staff who ride the bus are asked to sign up for the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Program. Users can track how much money they’re saving and how much pollution they’re preventing—while also being entered to win fun prizes like dining gift cards. The CRT Program is a statewide initiative to decrease air pollution generated by automobiles by reducing the number of single occupancy vehicles coming to and from campus.
Biking is a cheap and healthy way to get to campus. There are plenty of bike racks around campus and even a bike maintenance station in front of the PUB. If you want to bike part of the way to EWU, all STA buses are equipped with bike racks. EWU also hosts a Bike to Work/School Week in the spring.
There are 1,150 free parking stalls in lot P12, behind Roos Field. According to EWU Parking and Transportation Services, this lot has never filled to capacity. EWU is the only institution in our region to offer free parking.
Over the summer, Parking and Transportation Services removed all of the coin-paid meters along Washington, Elm and 5th streets—as well as all of the meters within the campus parking lots. In their place, is a placard with instructions to use the PayByPhone system.
The PayByPhone app lets you pay for parking in seconds. It is completely cashless, reminds you when your parking session is about to expire, and lets you extend your parking from anywhere. To pay without the app, users can call the 800-number shown on the meter.
For more information on why it was important for EWU to make this change and instructions to use the app, please refer to the FAQ webpage on the EWU Parking and Transportation Services website.
Eastern offers a number of options for Residential Hall Permits, Quarter Permits, Annual Permits and Disabled Permits. Purchase instructions can be found here.