Metro St. Louis Transit

Metro provides transportation around the St. Louis region by bus or the St. Louis light rail system.

Metro Transit

Metro St. Louis provides transportation around the St. Louis region by bus, MetroLink light rail and special services for registered ADA-eligible customers.

WashU employees and students are eligible for a U-Pass, which allows individuals to ride the MetroLink and Metro buses for free.

There are MetroLink stations and MetroBus stops on and within close walking distance to Danforth Campus as well as near North Campus, West Campus and Medical School Campus.

A current U-Pass and WashU ID, or payment of applicable fares, are required to ride all Metro St. Louis transit services.

Metro Bus Routes Serving the WashU Area

Beginning September 30, 2019, Metro’s ReImagined program will bring these changes to our #1 Gold, #2 Red and #5 Green lines. These changes will affect routes and schedules. Details below.

  • #1 Gold Changes
    Route will end at the Mallinckrodt bus plaza. No longer serving Clayton and the Central West End. View route and schedule
    Weekday schedule: Every 30 minutes (day) – Every 60 minutes (evening)
    Weekend schedule: Every 60 minutes
  • #2 Red Changes
    Route will no longer serve Eastgate, Westgate, Skinker south of Wydown, and the Richmond Heights and Maplewood-Manchester Transit Centers. Will serve parts of Big Bend and Brentwood. View route and schedule
    Weekday schedule: Every 30 minutes (all day)
    Weekend schedule: Every 60 minutes (all day)
  • #5 Green Changes
    Will be served by a MetroBus, instead of a Metro Call-A-Ride vehicle. View route and schedule
    Weekdays and Weekends: Every 30 minutes

Schedule and route information for all Metro bus lines


MetroLink is a light-rail system that runs from the Shiloh-Scott station in Illinois to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Shrewsbury in Missouri. It provides a car-free way for the WashU community to travel to popular downtown St. Louis locations and the airport.

Getting to MetroLink Stations

The university provides the Danforth Campus Circulator shuttle that provides shuttle service from the MetroLink stations at Skinker and Forest Park Parkway, and Big Bend and Forest Park Parkway to various locations around the Danforth Campus and the South 40.

Metro Park & Ride

If you don’t live close to a bus stop, you can park for free at a Metro Park & Ride to take a MetroBus or MetroLink directly to campus. Many Park & Rides are located at MetroLink stations that enable you to take a train directly to a MetroLink station on or very near our campuses, including two MetroLink stations on Danforth Campus, one within a few minute walk to both North Campus and West Campus and one on the Medical Campus.

To learn more about Metro Park & Rides and view a map of all locations, please visit Metro’s website.

Safety on Metro Transit

The Washington University Police Department provides tips for safe transit off campus. Metro Transit St. Louis also provides helpful safety tips.