About the Starlight Shuttle Program

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. 

Hours of Operation

The shuttle runs Monday to Saturday from 10:30 pm to 2:30 am, and Sunday from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am.

How to Ride

Request a ride by:

For pick up, be in a visible location and show the driver your Western card when you board.   

Service starts the Sunday before classes begin each quarter in the academic year and ends on the Saturday following finals.

There is no shuttle service Thanksgiving Day, during winter and spring breaks, or summer quarter.

Service may be canceled when weather causes dangerous road conditions. Check for notifications on the TransLoc app or ondemand.transloc.com or by calling 206-638-7124.

When the Starlight Shuttle Is in Service

Shuttle Service Summary
Calendar Item Service Status
Sunday Before Fall Quarter Classes Begin Shuttle Service Begins
Thanksgiving Day No Service
Winter Break No service beginning on Sunday at end of finals week. Service restarts on the Sunday before the first day of classes.
Spring Break No service beginning on Sunday at end of finals week. Service restarts on the Sunday before the first day of classes
Memorial Day Service begins at 11:00 a.m. 
Saturday of June Commencement Last day of service for the academic year
Summer Quarter No shuttle service
Extreme Weather Conditions For up-to-date information, download the TransLoc app, call 206-638-7124, or go to ondemand.transloc.com


Transit van Starlight Shuttle with blue branding and white and yellow logo.

Starlight Shuttle Policies

These policies were developed by Western students for student comfort and safety.

  • A Western ID Card with your picture on it is required for boarding.
  • When masks are required in interior spaces on campus, they are required on the shuttle.
  • Be respectful of the driver and other passengers. Abstaining from profanity is expected.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages are allowed, if they are in a closed container.
  • Food can be carried, but not consumed on the shuttle. Please keep food in a closed container or wrapper.
  • One guest is allowed per Western student showing their Western card and the student is responsible for their guest's behavior. 

Lost and Found

Items left on the shuttles will be taken to University Police Dispatch (360-650-3555). Dispatch is open 24/7 and is located in the Campus Services Building at the corner of Bill McDonald Parkway and 21st Street.

Refusal of Service

Drivers reserve the right to refuse service to any person who does not observe policies, shows the potential to cause harm to themselves or others, or interferes with vehicle safety.


The Starlight Shuttle service has no affiliation with Whatcom Transportation Authority.