With approximately 10,500 full-time parking permits sold annually at WashU, 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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commuters now prioritize health and safety when choosing their travel mode. When making these decisions, it’s critical to not only consider our personal health, but also the one of our community.
While driving alone may seem like the safest option in the short term, personal vehicles are a huge contributor to air pollution, which in turn has been linked to increased COVID-19 deaths due to its impact on the respiratory system. Between carpooling, public transit, and biking, there are plenty of ways you can commute and move around while preventing the worsening of our air quality.
Scroll down to explore options and programs, and download our tips for safe commute below.
Resources for bikers
Amenities and services that ensure a safe, enjoyable, and comfortable bicycling experience both on and off-campus.
Reducing Solo Driving
Programs that promote carpooling, car sharing, and occasional parking, as well as shuttles that run between campuses.
Active Commuter Hub
WashU’s support center for active commuting, featuring showers, lockers, and a bike parts vending machine.
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.
EV Charging Stations
WashU provides two types of electric vehicle charging options, available at a variety of locations, across campuses.
Live Near Your Work
WashU’s employee housing assistance program provides housing options and makes it easy to commute to work without a car.
A Mutimodal Campus
WashU aims to create a safe and accessible campus for all users, regardless of age, ability, and mode of transportation.
Local agencies and organizations are working hard to make it easier for people without cars to travel the city and region.
Personal Transportation Consultation
Are you interested in learning more about your personal commute options to Danforth, North, or West campus? Schedule a consultation with Becca Gilberg, Alternative Transportation Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.