In conjunction with Metro Transit, WashU’s Metro U-Pass program provides free, unlimited rides on the St. Louis metropolitan region’s public transit system. This includes MetroBuses, MetroLink light-rail system, Call-A-Ride Paratransit service for ADA-eligible customers, and Madison County buses.
If you are a full-time registered student, a benefits-eligible faculty and staff member, or a full-time employee of basic service contractors, you can register for a U-Pass for free. There are no restrictions on the area or on times the pass is valid and, if you use your U-Pass as your primary mode of transportation to and from campus and do not have another parking permit, you can also enroll in our Occasional Parking Program.
A current U-Pass and WashU ID, or payment of applicable fares, are required to ride all Metro St. Louis transit services. Learn more about Metro Transit.
Register Online for U-Pass
A pass will be issued after your request has been processed.
Must be registered as a full-time student for the semester for which you are requesting.
- Must renew each semester
- Use your WebSTAC login
- WebSTAC help: 314-935-5707
Please be aware that our system updates once daily. If you have completed your registration and attempt to request your U-Pass immediately, you may be declared ineligible. If you are having difficulty with the U-Pass application process, contact Parking & Transportation Services.
Available to benefits-eligible faculty, staff, postdoctorals, and fellows.
- Must renew annually
- Use your WUSTL Key
- Login help: 314-935-5707
There is a short waiting period for new employees before U-Pass eligibility is finalized and a U-Pass can be requested – typically within one week from your start date.
If you are a benefits-eligible employee who has been with WashU for longer than the week-long waiting period and received a system notification that you are not eligible, please contact Parking & Transportation Services.
Benefits of the U-Pass Program
WashU provides the U-Pass program to:
- Enable public transit and reduced commuting costs for approximately 25,000 members of the WashU community and provide ongoing major funding and support for public transportation services in the St. Louis region.
- Includes expanded and faster Metro service between WashU campuses and facilities in St. Louis and St. Louis County while reducing parking demands on campus.
- Create positive environmental impacts through the use of alternative fuels, elimination of duplicate services, and reduced automobile usage and roadway congestion.
- Provide greater access for students to participate in internships and community service opportunities and to take advantage of cultural and entertainment venues in the region.
- Offer ADA-accessible trains, buses and services for those who need it.
- Further bicycle transportation.
Replacing or Returning a U-Pass
If you lose your U-Pass, you may obtain a replacement in person from the Parking & Transportation Services office. When you come to the office, you will need to fill out a small form and present your photo ID. Students will be required to pay a replacement fee of $25 by cash, check or credit card.
If you lose your U-Pass, you may obtain a replacement in person from the Parking & Transportation Services office. When you come to the office, you will need to fill out a small form and present your photo ID. Faculty/staff members must pay a replacement fee of $50, payable by cash, check or credit card. If you need to replace your U-Pass after January 1, the replacement fee is prorated to $25.
If you are leaving WashU permanently, return your U-Pass to the Parking & Transportation Services office. You may be billed for the cost of your U-Pass if you fail to return it.
If you are taking a temporary leave or if you are an employee who works only nine months out of the year, you may keep your U-Pass during your leave so long as you will be receiving continuous benefits from WashU during this time.