This program offers a set amount of discounted daily permits to commuters who only occasionally need to park on campus. It is intended to support commuters who use alternative transportation, like riding public transit, biking, and/or walking, as their primary commute mode by providing a low-cost option for the occasional times they’re unable to use alternative transportation.
To enroll in the Occasional Parking Program, you must be one of the following Washington University Danforth Campus community members:
- current, permanent faculty or staff member (not temporary or retired)
- currently enrolled GRADUATE student
- an employee of one of the following Basic Services Contractors:
Aramark, Allied Universal, Bon Appetit, Catering St. Louis, Follett, Huntleigh Transportation, Top Care and WFF
You will NOT obtain or use an annual Washington University parking permit besides a ParkSmart or Motorcycle Permit.
Once you have submitted your application and your eligibility has been verified, you will be issued a membership card that must be shown along with a photo ID when you buy discounted daily permits. There is a $15 replacement fee for lost/stolen cards.
For 2017-2018 only, membership will be valid for 13 months (July 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018). As a participant in this program, you agree to refrain from purchasing an annual parking permit, with the exception of a ParkSmart or Motorcycle permit.
Purchasing Discounted Daily Parking Permits
Discounted daily permits are sold only in increments of eight and must be purchased at the Parking & Transportation Services office. To purchase a batch of discounted daily permits, bring your membership card and photo ID to the Parking & Transportation Services office during regular business hours (8:30am-5pm Monday-Friday).
Program members may purchase a limited number of packs of eight daily permits for the discounted rate of $20 ($2.50 each).
Full-time members are eligible to purchase a total of 48 daily permits at the discounted rate, but are limited to three packs for each half of the year (July 1 and January 15 and January 16 and July 31). New members must start with one pack of eight, but can buy more packs eight business days later.
Your membership card will be punched by Parking & Transportation Services staff each time you purchase a batch of daily permits. You may continue to buy batches of eight permits until you reach your limit. You may purchase full-cost daily permits for $9 each or pay an hourly rate in a garage once you reach your limit of discounted daily permits, but you will not be permitted to purchase an annual red or yellow permit for the remainder of the year.
Occasional Parking Program members also have the opportunity to purchase discounted daily permits at Danforth Campus U-Pass Distribution Centers, which are held five times a year. You must present your membership card to purchase permits. Enrolled members in the will be notified by e-mail of any upcoming Danforth distribution events.
If West Campus is not your primary workplace, you can pair ParkSmart and the Occasional Parking Program. This is the only zone permit that can be combined with the Occasional Parking Program but it is dependent on capacity under both programs. It is not guaranteed.
There is a limit on how many discounted daily permits you can buy as well as when you can buy them:
Occasional Parking Program members WITHOUT a ParkSmart permit
- Full-time employees and students are eligible to purchase a total of 6 packs of 8 daily permits (48 discounted permits) during their membership period; 3 packs from July 1, 2017 through January 15 and an additional 3 packs from January 16 through July 31, 2018.
- Part-time employees and students are eligible to purchase a total of 3 packs of 8 daily permits (24 discounted permits) between July 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018.
ParkSmart permit holders with Occasional Parking Program membership
- Full-time employees and students are eligible to purchase a total of 2 packs of 8 daily permits (16 discounted permits); 1 pack from July 1, 2017 through January 15 and an additional 1 pack from January 16 through July 31, 2018.
- Part-time employees and students are eligible to purchase 1 pack of 8 daily permits between July 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018.
Using Your Discounted Daily Parking Permits
Please note that this process will be updated as new gate arm technology is installed in each of the campus garages, by January 2018. Program participants will receive updated instructions when this new technology is installed.
DAILY PERMITS ARE ONLY VALID IN VISITOR SPACES IN A GARAGE WITHIN YOUR ASSIGNED ZONE. You MUST completely scratch off the appropriate month, day and year on the daily permit and hang it on your vehicle’s rear view mirror. To be valid, there cannot be more than one date scratched, and each permit can only be used once. Failure to properly scratch the correct date, hang the permit and/or park in an appropriate space will result in a ticket.
Purchasing Discounted Daily Permits at Danforth U-Pass Distribution Events
Occasional Parking Program members can purchase discounted daily permits at Danforth Campus U-Pass distribution events, which are held three times a year (at the beginning of the Fall Semester, at the beginning of the Spring Semester, and in late June at the end of the fiscal year).
Canceling Your Membership
If you no longer need your membership, please return your membership card to the Parking & Transportation Services office to give those on the waitlist the opportunity to participate.
Misuse of the Program
Membership cards and daily permits purchased through the Occasional Parking Program are nontransferable and are not eligible for refunds or exchanges. Occasional Parking Program members are prohibited from purchasing an annual parking permit (besides an ParkSmart or motorcycle permit) while enrolled in the program. Failure to comply with the program guidelines will result in immediate membership termination and prevention from enrolling in future programs through the Office of Parking & Transportation Services.