Alternative Transportation

With 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.


WashU, historically a pedestrian campus, is in the process of reorienting its infrastructure to accommodate users of all modal groups. The University aspires to a campus that is safe and accessible to all, regardless of age, ability, and mode of transportation.

Learn More

A variety of resources is available through WashU and local partner organizations to ensure safe and enjoyable biking experiences both on and off-campus.

Learn More

The university works to reduce solo driving through carpooling, car sharing, the occasional parking program, and shuttle routes on the School of Medicine campus.

Learn More

The WashU community is well connected to the regional transport system. The university subsidizes a free U-Pass for all full-time faculty, students and staff, granting access to St. Louis’s entire public transportation system.

Learn More

Personal Transportation Consultation

Are you interested to learn 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 Amtrak and Greyhound stations. Megabus service to Kansas City, Chicago, and other Midwest destinations is available from Union Station, which is also Metro-accessible.