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Address

The congress will be at Seattle Pacific University.

Note that there are multiple universities in Seattle, including a Seattle University. Make sure you're going to Seattle Pacific University.

Not all buildings on campus have addresses. The general address of the campus, which you can use with your GPS or map program, is:

3307 3rd Avenue West
Seattle, Washington
USA

Check-In

Check-in will begin at noon on Thursday and will continue until the end of Friday. It is preferable, but not necessary, to check in between noon and 7 PM on one of the two days. Most people will arrive on Friday because the general program will start then.

To check in, go to Moyer Hall, which is labeled #38 on the following campus maps:

Modes of Transportation

Here is some general information about getting around in Seattle:

  • Taxi: Yellow Cab is a reliable taxi service; you can request a ride by phone or on their website.
  • Uber/Lyft: You can use Uber's fare estimator and Lyft's fare estimator to compare prices.
  • Public transportation:
    • Sound Transit operates the Link Light Rail, a train that connects Seattle to the airport. For payment information, see below.
    • King County Metro Transit provides bus service in Seattle; you can use their Trip Planner or Google Maps to find alternative routes to the ones described below. For payment information, see below.
    • The free OneBusAway smartphone app provides real-time arrival information for Seattle-area buses and trains.
    • If you are arriving or leaving between midnight and 5 AM, we recommend not taking public transportation because few trains and buses will be running.

Directions to the Venue

By air

The closest major airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA or "Sea-Tac"), served by all major US airlines and many international airlines.

There are several ways to get from the airport to Seattle Pacific University:

  • Taxi: The taxi ride will be about 30 minutes and will cost about $50 with tip. The airport has a designated area where taxis are continuously available.
  • Uber/Lyft: The price depends on the time of day but will be about $40-$50. The airport has a designated area for pickups from ride-sharing services.
  • Renting a car: Sea-Tac is served by many car rental companies. For important information about routes, traffic, and parking, see the section "By car" below.
  • Public transportation:
    1. When making your way out of the airport, follow the signs for Link Light Rail.
    2. When you get to the Link Light Rail station, go to one of the ticket machines and buy a one-way ticket to University Street Station (not University of Washington Station). (See information about paying for the Link Light Rail below.)
    3. Take the train going toward University of Washington.
    4. Get off at University Street Station. The ride will take about 30 minutes.
    5. Follow the signs to the exit at 3rd Ave. and Seneca St.
    6. Take any of the following bus routes. (See information about paying for buses below.)
      • At the opposite corner of 3rd Ave. and Seneca St., there is a bus stop where you can take route 3, 4, or 29 to SPU.
      • In front of you, across 3rd Ave. and up Seneca St., is a bus stop where you can take route 13 to SPU.
    7. Get off the bus at Dravus St. The ride will take about 30 minutes. The main part of the SPU campus, including Moyer Hall, will be on the opposite side of the street from where you get off the bus.

By train

King Street Station (SEA), in downtown Seattle, is the local station for Amtrak, the US passenger train network. Seattle is served by routes originating in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Vancouver.

To get from the train station to Seattle Pacific University:

  • Taxi: The ride takes about 15 minutes, but may be longer due to traffic. The distance is about 6 miles (about 9 km).
  • Uber/Lyft: The price depends on the time of day but will be about $13-$18.
  • Public transportation:
    1. From the entrance of the station on S. Jackson St., turn right and walk along S. Jackson St. until you cross 4th Ave. S.
    2. Turn left to cross S. Jackson St.
    3. After crossing S. Jackson St., turn right and go to the bus stop in front of Bartell Drugs.
    4. Take bus route 1, 7, or 36. (See information about paying for buses below.)
    5. Get off the bus at Seneca St. The ride will take about 5 minutes.
    6. Take any of the following bus routes:
      • From the same bus stop, take route 3, 4, or 29.
      • From the bus stop on the opposite side of Seneca St., take route 13.
    7. Get off the bus at Dravus St. The ride will take about 30 minutes. The main part of the SPU campus, including Moyer Hall, will be on the opposite side of the street from where you get off the bus.

By bus

Greyhound

Greyhound Lines provides bus service across the United States and Canada. Its Seattle station is near downtown.

To get from the Greyhound station to Seattle Pacific University:

  • Taxi: The ride takes about 15 minutes, but may be longer due to traffic. The distance is about 6 miles (about 9 km).
  • Uber/Lyft: The price depends on the time of day but will be about $13-$17.
  • Public transportation:
    1. From the bus stop across the railroad tracks, take bus route 101 or 150. (See information about paying for buses below.)
    2. Get off at University Street Station. The trip will take about 10 minutes.
    3. Follow steps 5-7 under "By air" above.

BoltBus

BoltBus serves Seattle from cities on the west coast of the US and Canada. It stops on 5th Ave. S. in the International District, near downtown.

To get from the BoltBus stop to Seattle Pacific University:

  • Taxi: The ride takes about 15 minutes, but may be longer due to traffic. The distance is about 6 miles (about 9 km).
  • Uber/Lyft: The price depends on the time of day but will be about $13-$18.
  • Public transportation:
    1. Walk north along 5th Ave. S., to the corner of 5th Ave. S. and S. Jackson St.
    2. Turn left, pass in front of Union Station, and stop before crossing 4th Ave. S.
    3. Turn right to cross S. Jackson St.
    4. Under "By train" above, follow steps 3 and later.

By ship

Clipper Vacations provides ferry service for pedestrians from Friday Harbor, Washington, and Victoria, British Columbia. Clipper's Seattle terminal is at 2701 Alaskan Way in downtown Seattle.

To get from the Clipper terminal to Seattle Pacific University:

  • Taxi: The ride takes about 10 minutes, but may be longer due to traffic. The distance is about 4 miles (about 6 km).
  • Uber/Lyft: The price depends on the time of day but will be about $11-$16.
  • Public transportation:
    1. From the Clipper terminal, go to the intersection of Alaskan Way and Vine St. (the closest intersection).
    2. Walk 3 blocks up Vine St. until you cross 1st Ave. This is an uphill walk.
    3. After that, due to varying bus schedules, there are one or two options:
      • Weekdays from 3:45-6:45 PM
        1. Turn left on 1st Ave. and go to the bus stop just before Cedar St.
        2. Take bus route 29. (See information about paying for buses below.)
        3. Get off the bus at Dravus St. The ride will take about 15 minutes. The main part of the SPU campus, including Moyer Hall, will be on the opposite side of the street from where you get off the bus.
      • Anytime
        1. Keep walking straight (no longer uphill) to 3rd Ave.
        2. Go to the bus stop on the opposite side of 3rd Ave. and to your left.
        3. Take bus route 3, 4, or 13. (See information about paying for buses below.)
        4. Get off the bus at Dravus St. The ride will take about 20 minutes. The main part of the SPU campus, including Moyer Hall, will be on the opposite side of the street from where you get off the bus.

By car

Interstate Highway 5 ("I-5") is the main road through the city, but the state Department of Transportation is planning to close the northbound lanes during the congress weekend (from 8 PM on Friday to 5 AM on Monday). Lanes will be partially closed from the airport to downtown, and will be fully closed downtown. If you'll be heading to the congress after 8 PM on Friday and plan on driving, expect heavy traffic! We recommend that you use a GPS, or a map application on your phone, to guide you based on real-time traffic conditions.

We can, however, offer some general tips. Try to time your arrival in Seattle to avoid rush hour traffic. If arriving at rush hour, avoid Exit 167 (Mercer St.) on I-5. You can do this by taking the Exit 166 (Olive Way) if heading north, or Exit 169 (N. 50th St.) if heading south.

Parking on campus is free in the summer. The closest parking lot to Moyer Hall is the Dravus Lot (#45 on the campus maps). The entrance is at the intersection of 4th Ave. W. and W. Dravus St.

Paying for Public Transportation

Link Light Rail

Link Light Rail stations have ticket machines that take cash (with change given), MasterCard, and Visa. The fare for a one-way ticket between the airport and University Street Station is $3 for riders over age 18 and $1.50 for ages 6-18; children 5 and under are free. If you have an ORCA card with sufficient balance, you can pay by holding it up to one of the yellow scanners before entering the train instead of buying a ticket (see below about ORCA cards). For the card to be charged correctly, you have to scan it again after exiting the train.

Buses

Bus service in Seattle is provided by two agencies: King County Metro (purple, green, or red buses with local routes) and Sound Transit (blue-and-white buses with intercity routes). All of the bus routes recommended on this page are run by King County Metro.

On King County Metro buses, the fare is $2.75 for riders over age 18 and $1.50 for ages 6-18; children 5 and under are free. Upon entering the bus, pay with cash or an ORCA card (see information below).

If paying by cash, put any combination of $1 bills and coins of commonly used denominations into the fare box; change is not given. You can ask the driver for a paper ticket that can be used to transfer to other King County Metro buses for free until the time indicated.

If paying by ORCA card, hold it up to the scanner (do not scan it again when leaving the bus). You can transfer to other King County Metro buses for free for up to two hours, but you should still scan the card when getting on the next bus.

ORCA Card

You can pay your Link Light Rail or bus fare with an ORCA card, available for purchase from ticket machines at Link Light Rail stations. An ORCA card is convenient and eliminates the need to have exact change for buses, but costs $5 in addition to any balance you want to add. You can reload your balance instantly at ticket machines that sell ORCA cards.

Special Assistance

If you'd like someone to escort you from the airport by public transportation, or if you have special transportation needs, please contact us.

If you need more urgent help, call Jordon Kalilich at +1-206-457-9213.

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