Bike to CampusWith approximately 10,500 full-time parking permits sold annually at Washington University in St. Louis, vehicles commuting to and from our campuses account for an estimated 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Through education and changes to policies and infrastructure, we have been actively working to advance low-carbon, active forms of transportation that lessen environmental impact, encourage healthy lifestyles and strengthen our sense of community.


Alternative Transportation
A Mutimodal Campus

WashU is incrementally and strategically improving its infrastructure to create a campus that is safe and accessible to all, regardless of age, ability, and mode of transportation.

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Bike to Campus
Resources for Bikers

A variety of resources and services are available through University and community organizations to ensure safe and enjoyable biking experiences both on and off-campus.

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Metro UPass
Public Transportation

Benefiting from a good connection to the regional transit system, WashU subsidizes a free U-Pass for all full-time faculty, students and staff that grants access to St. Louis’s entire public transportation system.

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Reducing Solo Driving

The university is committed to reducing the use of single occupancy vehicles through programs that promote carpooling, car sharing, and occasional parking, as well as shuttles that run between campuses.

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EV Charging Stations
EV Charging Stations

In the effort to promote alternative fuels and reduce carbon emissions, WashU provides two types of electric vehicle charging options, available at a variety of locations.

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Personal Transportation Consultation

Are you interested in learning more about your personal commute options? Schedule a consultation with Becca Gilberg, Alternative Transportation Coordinator, at

Traveling Outside the Region

Taking a coach bus is almost five times as efficient as a plane ride, and Amtrak trains are nearly four times as efficient as airplanes. The Metro-accessible St. Louis Gateway Transportation Center in downtown St. Louis is home to the AmtrakGreyhound, and Megabus stations. Buses and trains are available to Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas, Memphis, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and other destinations across the Midwest and the US.