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.


In 2017, Washington University in St. Louis broke ground on the East End Transformation, which will return the East End of the Danforth Campus to pedestrians and bikes by way of a network of paths connecting Brookings Hall to Forest Park.

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

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University efforts such as the Employer-Assisted Housing Program and the No-Idling Policy encourage a reduction of travel time.

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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.

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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.