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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Bearly Drivers
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.


During April and October of each year, the Office of Sustainability and Parking and Transportation Services co-host Active Transportation Month, a month of fun and educational programming for the WashU community revolving around biking, walking, and public transportation. Past events have included free bike tune-ups, active commuting challenges, and group bike rides. To stay updated on Active Transportation Month events, sign up for the Sustainability Newsletter or like our Facebook page!


Live Near Your Work, WashU’s employee housing assistance program, provides forgivable loans to WashU and BJC Healthcare employees who buy homes in eligible neighborhoods near campus. Not only does the program help revitalize historic urban neighborhoods, but it also makes it easy to commute to work without a car!


  • Citizens for Modern Transit is an organization working to expand MetroLink and enhance transit in the St. Louis region.
  • Great Rivers Greenway is a regional tax district and organization working to build an interconnected system of greenways and parks in the St. Louis region. It also publishes a map of bike routes in the region. Stop by our office to pick up a copy.
  • Metro is the regional transit authority that operates MetroLink light rail and MetroBus service.
  • Trailnet is a regional organization working to create a more walkable, bikeable region through programs, planning, and policy.