Public Transportation

clayton metroWith two MetroLink stops at the Danforth Campus and one each at the School of Medicine, West and North campuses, the Washington University in St. Louis community is highly connected to the regional transit system.

Metro Transit

Metro Transit connects the campuses to Clayton; to shopping options in Brentwood, Maplewood and Shrewsbury; the Delmar Loop, Lambert Airport, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The Central West End, Grand Center arts district and downtown St. Louis are also accessible via Metro Transit. Learn more about public transportation options on the Parking & Transportation Services website and the Metro Transit website.

WashU subsidizes a free U-Pass for all full-time faculty, students and staff, granting access to St. Louis’s entire public transportation system. MetroLink light rail and MetroBus routes span 46 miles in Missouri and Illinois, anchored by 37 different stations. WashU functions as one of Metro’s largest supporters with its U-Pass program contributing $2 million a year to the agency. Additionally, Chancellor Mark Wrighton served as steering committee chair in 2010 to pass Proposition A, a half-cent sales tax increase in St. Louis County that is providing Metro with an additional $75 million a year in revenue. The university’s activism has helped secure longevity for a transportation system that keeps 45,000 cars off the road each day.

Guaranteed Ride Home

Guaranteed Ride Home ensures that alternative transportation commuters can get home safely and quickly should something come up. Learn how to sign up through the Citizens for Modern Transit website.