Metro St. Louis Transit

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

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

Benefits-eligible WashU employees and full-time registered 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

The following routes were designed specifically for our WashU community:

  • #1 Gold
    This route connects the Danforth and Med School campuses, in addition to servicing residential neighborhoods between both campuses.  Route & Schedule
  • #2 Red
    The #2 route services neighborhoods north of campus, St. Louis Galleria mall, Brentwood Promenade (Trader Joe’s, Target, Micro Center) and Walmart.  Route & Schedule
  • #5 Green
    Services 560 Music Center, north of campus neighborhoods, U-City Loop, and the Lewis Collaborative. Route & Schedule

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

There are two MetroLink stations located on campus.  The Big Bend station, located at the intersection of Big Bend and Forest Park Parkway (southeast corner). The Skinker station, at Forest Park Parkway and Skinker (southwest corner). The university provides the Danforth Campus Circulator shuttle that provides shuttle service from the MetroLink stations 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.