Guaranteed Ride Home

Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) is an incentive program that provides subsidized rides home from campus in the case of an emergency.

Guaranteed Ride Home

To support the use of sustainable transportation methods, WashU participates in the Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program that provides up to four subsidized one-way rides home from campus per year in the case of an emergency, sickness or unscheduled overtime.

This allows WashU employees and students who use sustainable transportation methods – like Metro transit, bicycling, walking and carpooling – to get to and from the WashU campus to have peace of mind knowing they can immediately order a ride home if an emergency arises without paying for the entire ride. To be eligible, commuters must enroll for the program through the appropriate organization listed below.


Valid Circumstances

Eligible circumstances: 

  • Sickness – personal, child, spouse or other immediate family member.
  • Unscheduled overtime – when required to work beyond normal scheduled work hours without prior notice.
  • Personal emergency – includes theft, fire or other personal emergency requiring immediate attention.
  • Unanticipated absence of carpool driver (for carpool commuters through RideFinders)

NOT eligible circumstances:

  • Re-scheduled appointments, such as visits to the doctor.
  • Acts of nature or work site disruptions which affect the entire work site work force, like winter snowstorm or power failure where employees are released early.
  • Working late with at least one day prior notice.
  • If there was sufficient time that other transportation could have been arranged.

The specific program and benefits depend on the commute mode used:

Transit, bicycling and walking

Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) provides a GRH program for those who commute by transit, bicycling, or walking as their main commuting method. In the case of an emergency, this program reimburses the commuter for 80 percent of the cost of the ride home up to $60, and provides up to four of these per calendar year. The ride must start at your work/school location and end at home or at another location if necessitated by the type of emergency. Before being eligible, you must register online.

To use a Guaranteed Ride Home from Citizens for Modern Transit:

  1. Order your own taxi, Uber, Lyft, or Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and pay for the entire cost of your ride home upfront.
    • To book a rental car with Enterprise, go to enterprise.com or call 1-800-Rent-A-Car. You must provide a code when making the reservation. The discount code is 01GRH23, and the PIN is “CMT.” The car may be returned the next day.
  2. Submit your receipt to rides@wustl.edu with a short description of why a Guaranteed Ride Home was needed, your WashU ID number, and the address where the check should be sent. Parking and Transportation will submit the receipt to the CMT and you should receive a check within two weeks.   

For additional information, contact CMT at info@cmt-stl.org or 314-231-7272.

Carpool

RideFinders provides a GRH program for those who commute via carpool. In the case of an emergency, this program reimburses the commuter for 100 percent of the cost of their ride home up to $125 (does not include tip), and provides up to four of these per calendar year. The ride must start at your work/school location and end at home or at another location if necessitated by the type of emergency. Before being eligible, you must register with RideFinders online.

To use a Guaranteed Ride Home from RideFinders:

  1. Order your own taxi, Uber, or Lyft, and pay for the entire cost of your ride home upfront.
  2. Submit your receipt to rides@wustl.edu with a short description of why a Guaranteed Ride Home was needed, your WashU ID number and the address where the check should be sent. Parking and Transportation will submit the receipt to RideFinders and you should receive a check within two weeks.

For additional information, contact RideFinders at ridefinders@mct.org or 800-847-7433.


Explore Your Commuting Options

WashU Rides is a free, one-stop resource to help you explore your sustainable transportation options to identify the most convenient, economical, and sustainable options. It provides an interactive map with transportation-related items, like bike lanes, commuter parking lots right off highways where you can meet your carpool partners, free MetroLink Park & Ride lots, and more! You can also use the ridematching tool to search for carpool or bikepool matches based on your route, schedule and preferences.