What changes will be taking place?
Over the last year, we have been evaluating our current parking and transportation model and developing a strategy to better utilize our parking resources. We will begin implementing our new parking and transportation management strategy July 1, 2017.
Why is a new strategy needed?
The new strategy allows us to manage the parking reduction on the East End of campus now and improve overall parking into the future by:
- Ensuring permit holders, particularly those who need to be on campus daily throughout the year, will have a parking space available;
- Allowing the university to better monitor usage and plan for high traffic events; and
- Providing opportunities for discussions about campus parking challenges and opportunities, and the flexibility to make adjustments as needed.
How are these decisions begin made?
We have been working with an engineering and planning firm and have also been:
- Gathering data on our parking lots and garages and identifying the demand and usage for all our parking resources across campus.
- Listening to the feedback provided by our campus community and exploring options.
- Looking into the best way to reassign demand to underutilized locations and facilities.
- Interviewing peer institutions who have made recent changes to parking strategies on what has worked well and what has not.
When will parking changes go into effect?
We will begin to roll out the new strategy July 1, 2017.
Why haven’t you shared more details sooner?
We spent a great deal of time exploring all available options before developing our initial plan, which we then reworked to some degree to accommodate the new home for the School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
When will more information be available?
We anticipate releasing permit pricing in early April.
East End of Campus
What is the East End Construction Project?
Washington University is making significant changes to the East End of the Danforth Campus. For information about the transformation of the East End of the Danforth Campus, visit campusnext.wustl.edu
When does construction begin? How long will it last?
Construction will begin May 22, 2017, following commencement ceremonies. A majority of the construction is anticipated to be completed prior to Spring 2019 Commencement.
How will parking change on the East End of campus?
During the construction on the East End of campus, parking will be extremely limited and only available to visitors and some employees. Once construction is complete, there will be less parking available than there is today. We are taking advantage of these changes to better align the parking resources for the Danforth Campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Will any parking be available on the East End of Campus?
There will be very few spaces available and they will be limited to visitors and some employees during the East End construction project.
How many spaces will be available after construction?
Once construction is completed, there will be approximately 800 spaces available in the new underground garage. During peak business hours, those spaces will be limited to faculty, staff and visitors.
Will commencement continue to be held in Brookings Quadrangle?
Yes. Commencement will continue to be held in the Brookings Quadrangle on the Danforth Campus. The May 18, 2018 ceremony will be affected by construction but will still be held in Brookings Quadrangle. A plan to manage parking needs will be in place well in advance of the event. Go to campusnext.wustl.edu
for more information about the East End project.
Will Thurtene Carnival still be on campus?
Thurtene Carnival will be on the East End of the Danforth Campus in April 2017. However, during and after construction, Thurtene Carnival will move to another location on campus. More information on the Carnival’s future location will be available as the plans are developed.
Parking Plan Details
Who does this impact?
This shift will impact everyone who parks on campus including students, faculty, staff and visitors. We want to make sure that parking at the university aligns with how people work and live while also accommodating visitors to the Danforth Campus.
As we refine our parking plan, we have been taking into account faculty and staff work hours as well as undergraduate and graduate student schedules. We have evaluated feedback from our campus community and have also carefully studied how our peer institutions have approached assigning campus parking resources.
We will do our best to limit the impact of these changes while allocating parking in a way that makes the most sense for all.
How will parking permits be changing?
As part of the plan, the Danforth Campus will be broken into five zones, the East End (Zone 1); South Core (Zone 2); North Core (Zone 3); South 40 (Zone 4); and the North and West Campuses (Zone 5). The new zones will go into effect starting July 1, 2017.
In each of the zones, there will be two permit types available for purchase, red and yellow. The yellow permits, which will be available to all eligible parkers, will only be valid in the designated spaces within the zone to which the permit applies. In addition to yellow permits, employees will also have the option to purchase a red permit, which will allow holders to park in any of the five zones.
In addition, all permits will be valid for a 12-month period with an expiration date that aligns with the start of the academic year. Permit pricing will be announced in early April.
Do I need to enter the lottery?
Yes. Anyone who wants to purchase a permit of any kind — or who will participate in any of the alternative commuting options that involve bringing a vehicle to campus — will need to do so via the lottery system. By securing each permit holders’ first, second and third choices, the Parking & Transportation team will gain a better understanding of specific parking needs. The team will use this information to assess the best way to allocate spaces in each zone and will then assign permits accordingly. This is an important part of the new parking strategy and will help ensure those who are permitted to have a car on campus will have a parking space available.
What hours will parking be enforced?
Parking for yellow spaces in each zone will be enforced from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Red spaces will continue to be enforced 24 hours a day, seven days per week. These policies will also apply during the summer months.
How can I purchase the permit I want?
Starting in mid-April, permits for the coming academic school year will be available for purchase via a lottery.
Under the new system, students, faculty and staff will be able to choose their first, second, and third permit preferences, which will then be assigned based on availability, an approach that has been successful at other universities. Once a zone reaches its limit, a wait list will be established that will periodically be reviewed by the Parking & Transportation team, who will release additional permits as they become available.
Will there still be a low cost option?
While there will no longer be any free parking offered on campus, eligible students, faculty and staff who will not be able to park near their primary workplace will still be able to purchase a reduced-cost Zone 5-W permit and park at West Campus. This permit will be identified as the ParkSmart option. Employees whose primary work location is at West Campus will not be eligible for this permit option.
The low cost permit option at North Campus will be phased out beginning July 1, 2017.
Is there a chance the ParkSmart option will sell out?
If we receive a higher number of requests than available ParkSmart permits, permit holders will be given second or third permit choice.
Where do I buy the permits?
All permits must be purchased through Parking & Transportation Services. The campus bookstore will no longer be selling parking permits starting July 1, 2017.
How much will the new permits cost?
Pricing will be announced in early April.
I’ve heard sophomores will no longer be able to bring a car to campus. Is that true?
Yes. Starting Fall of 2017, undergraduates in their first and sophomore years will no longer be permitted to bring cars to campus. This is a common approach many of our peer institutions have implemented. In addition, based on data we have been gathering over the past year, a majority of our undergrads live on or within close walking distance of campus and have access to many transportation resources.
For example, we currently offer $5 an hour car rentals across campus through Enterprise CarShare, stops on and around campus via the Metro, our Campus2Home Shuttle and our Campus Circulator, among others. For more information, visit our website or contact us at email@example.com.
I’m an undergrad living in university-owned housing. Will I have to choose the ParkSmart option?
If you live in university-owned housing managed by Residential Life or Quadrangle Housing and are not a first or second-year undergraduate student, you will be able to purchase a parking permit for the South 40 (Zone 4) or the low cost ParkSmart option, Zone 5-W permit (West Campus).
For more information, visit our website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m an undergrad student living off campus. Will I have to choose the ParkSmart option?
If you are an undergrad student who does not live in university-owned housing managed by Residential Life or Quadrangle Housing, you will be able to choose the ParkSmart option, Zone 5-W permit (West Campus).
To accommodate the anticipated volume at West Campus, two new West Campus shuttles will be available starting March 31. They will run in 15 minute increments, year round, from the West Campus to the Mallinckrodt Center. During peak hours, shuttle frequency will be increased. They will also be coordinated with MetroBus and MetroLink services to help reduce wait times.
Keep in mind that the U-Pass, which is for benefits-eligible faculty and staff as well as registered full-time students, can be used to:
- Take a MetroBus, which cycles every 20 minutes, to a variety of stops on campus.
- Ride the MetroLink, which cycles every 12 minutes during peak hours, to either the Big Bend station (a 2-minute ride) or the Skinker station (a 4-minute ride) on Forest Park Parkway.
What if I need to work in a lab/studio or need to access a building in the evening hours? Where can I park?
Permits will be enforced on campus during the regular business hours (7:00 am – 5:00 pm), Monday through Friday. Students that need to access Danforth Campus parking lots after 5:00 pm can park in yellow spaces. Red spaces will continue to be enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Will the evening permit still be offered?
Yes. Evening permits will have a new start time of 3:30 p.m. All yellow permits will be eligible to park in any zone beginning at 5 p.m.
I’m an undergraduate student and member of an athletic team. Because of the time of day we practice, I need to park on campus. How will I be able to get to practice if I can’t park close to the Athletic Complex?
We have been actively meeting with students, faculty and staff to discuss the pending changes, gather input, and listen to concerns as we continue to finalize our plans. This issue has been raised and we are in the process of understanding the requirements of practices, games and tournaments to ensure that the new strategy supports those needs.
I’m a grad student. Will I only have access to the ParkSmart option?
Graduate commuter students will be eligible to park in Zone 2, Zone 3, or the low cost ParkSmart option, Zone 5-W permit (West Campus).
Why do grad students have multiple zone options?
Graduate students access campus similar to our faculty and staff and tend to live further away from campus than undergraduate students. Because there is no housing available on campus for graduate students, they require a greater level of Danforth Campus parking access than undergrads.
I’m a staff / faculty member on the Danforth Campus. Will I have to choose the ParkSmart option?
Due to the extremely limited parking that will be available on the Danforth Campus, we know that there will be faculty and staff who will need to park at West Campus. The ParkSmart, Zone 5-W permit, is a great option for those who park at West Campus.
Will the Official Business Permit still be offered?
Yes. Departments on the Danforth Campus will be able to purchase the Official Business Permit for those employees can move zone to zone for meetings as needed. We are also increasing the amount of time permit holders can park from two hours to three hours.
I am an employee who works at North/West Campus and come to the main Danforth Campus daily for meetings. Will I have to buy two different permits in order to park at the Danforth Campus?
The Official Business Permit will still be available for purchase by departments for those employees who frequently travel to the Danforth Campus for meetings. The hours permit holders can park will also increase from two hours to three hours.
I’m an employee. Will I have flex time or the opportunity to adjust my schedule during the East End construction period?
All scheduling decisions during the East End construction project will be determined by each employee’s department, supervisor and/or manager and will be communicated to employees directly. If you have any specific concerns that need to be addressed, please discuss directly with your supervisor to determine the best path forward.
How will HR handle tardiness for employees who are delayed by the Metro/Shuttle/Circulator due to unforeseen issues?
This should be determined by each employee’s department, supervisor and/or manager. Please discuss directly with your supervisor now to determine the best path forward.
How will construction and contractor parking change?
Starting July 1, 2017, contractors will not be allowed to park in any of the zones, with the exception of a few basic service contractors who are regularly on campus for maintenance needs.
How will visitor parking be affected during construction? And after?
The East End of the Danforth Campus is a high traffic area for visitors. During and following the construction on the East End of campus, we will continue to provide visitor parking, which will be consolidated to the DUC, Snow Way, Millbrook and the future East End garage.
In early 2018, all visitor garages, including Snow Way and Millbrook, will be equipped with technology that will allow parkers to pull a ticket and pay. This system will eliminate the need for daily permits, which will be phased out at that time. In the meantime, daily permits will continue to be available for purchase through the Parking & Transportation office only.
Are daily permits being eliminated?
As of June 30, daily permits will not be sold at the Campus Store. Prior to June 30, Parking and Transportation will announce locations on the Danforth Campus where daily permits can be purchased until the pull and pay system is in all visitor garages in early 2018. At that time, the need for daily permits will be eliminated and they will be phased out.
Will the Kemper Art Museum still offer visitor parking?
Yes. Visitor parking will still be offered by the Kemper Art Museum.
How will accessible parking or ADA parking be affected?
Providing accessible parking spaces is a priority to us and we are evaluating ADA parking and accessibility campus-wide.
The construction of the East End campus will have an impact on accessible parking spots; however, there will be accessible spaces available.
We are working with a team that is focused on ensuring the new plan provides enough accessible parking spaces and that those spaces are located as close as possible to our buildings. We are also evaluating ways to improve signage and maps that outline the best routes to these spaces.
Will extra security be added in the West Campus lot for those who choose the ParkSmart option?
Just as we align parking resources with needs, we will align our security resources as well.
Will security measures be enhanced in additional areas around campus, for those who work late or take evening classes?
Yes. Safety and security measures will be enhanced.
Will prices increase?
Yes. Parking is a value-added service on any university campus, particularly one of our size and location. Permit prices will continue to increase to reflect associated maintenance and operational expenses. Once the new strategy is fully implemented, there will no longer be free parking on the Danforth Campus.
What is the new pricing structure?
Pricing will be announced in early April. There will be plenty of options available, including low cost options and alternatives to parking permits. For example, ParkSmart is a great option for employees who don’t work at West Campus. ParkSmart will allow holders to purchase a Zone 5-W permit and park at West Campus at a reduced cost.
Alternative Transportation Options
There are lots of ways to get to the Danforth Campus you don’t have to pick just one.
Those based on Danforth Campus will be able to purchase a Zone 5-W permit at a reduced cost, which allows you to park at West Campus. It’s easy to get to and from Danforth Campus using the MetroLink, MetroBus and two new West Campus Shuttles, which will circulate every 15 minutes starting March 31. You can also bike to the core of Danforth Campus in about six minutes.
Metro Transit U-Pass
You can ride it anytime for free with your U-Pass. 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 Campus.
Metro Park & Ride
If you don’t live close to a bus stop, you can park for free at a Metro Park & Ride lot, some of which let you take a train directly to a MetroLink station on or very near our campuses, including two MetroLink stations on Danforth Campus.
Bearly Driver Carpool Program
This is a great option for employees, who can enjoy reduced permit costs and preferred parking spots that are available only to Bearly Drivers members.
- Drastically reduced permit costs for members:
- $25 per person for 4 member carpools ($100 total)
- $66.66 per person for 3 member carpools ($200 total)
- $150 per person for 2 member carpools ($300 total)
- 2 FREE daily permits per month for non-primary drivers.
Riding a bicycle instead of driving to campus is a great way to save money on fuel and also serves as an important part of a healthy lifestyle. View the campus bicycling brochure, which includes a map of bicycle routes on campus, tips for securing your bike as well as additional resources.
Additional options to support your alternative commuting choices.
Occasional Parking Program
This program offers packs of discounted daily permits (50% off) to faculty, staff, basic services contractor employees and commuter students who utilize alternative forms of transportation as their main commute method or those who choose the ParkSmart permit.
- $20 for a pack of 8 daily permits (part-time can buy 3 packs/24 permits per year and full-time can buy 6 packs/48 permits per year)
- Park in yellow zones, but not the DUC garage.
Guaranteed Ride Home
This provides subsidized rides home in case of an emergency for those who use alternative transportation as their main commute method to and from campus.
- Provides a ride home in case of emergency, up to four per year.
- Citizens for Modern Transit (Metro users, walkers, bikers): Reimbursed 80% of your cab, Uber or Enterprise rental up to $60.
- RideFinders (Bearly Drivers Carpool Program members): Free cab ride home (up to $125).
- Register for free online.
These cars are available to rent from dedicated spots across campus.
- Access cars 24/7 with your membership card.
Easily make a reservation through the CarShare app or online. Keys are inside for you to grab and go.
- $5 hourly, $60 daily, and $20 overnight from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.
- No fuel costs up to 200 miles/day.
- Physical damage/liability protection and 24/7 roadside assistance included.
- View every car location on the Enterprise website.
- Apply for your membership.
Staying on campus late? Get a safe ride home.
- Shuttle starts at the Mallinckrodt bus plaza and then goes to Brookings Hall steps to pick up riders.
- Drivers will ensure you get in your home before leaving.
- Arrives every 30 minutes at the top and bottom of every hour when school is in session and at the top of the hour during breaks.
- Winter: 6 pm-4 am.
- Spring/Fall: 7 pm-4 am.
- Breaks: 9 pm- 2 am.
- Only available to those who live within the shuttle route boundaries.
This WashU shuttle has numerous stops around Danforth Campus, many of which are shared with Metro stops.
- Arrives every 10 minutes during peak hours & every 20 minutes the rest of the time.
- Runs from 7:40am – 2:00 am weekdays and 12:00pm – 2:00 am weekends.
- WUSTL app for IOS and Android gives real-time shuttle locations & schedules.
Are you planning to enhance existing alternative commuting options?
We have been actively meeting with students, faculty and staff to discuss the pending changes, gather input, and listen to concerns as we continue to finalize our plans and this question has been raised. We are planning to look into enhancing existing options such as potentially adding more Enterprise CarShare cars to the program but can’t confirm at this time.
Can you share information about the new shuttle route that will go to West Campus?
To accommodate the anticipated volume at the West Campus, the Parking & Transportation team will be putting two new West Campus shuttles into service starting March 31. The shuttles will run in 15 minute increments, year round, from the West Campus to the Mallinckrodt Center. During peak hours, shuttle frequency will be increased. It will also be coordinated with the MetroBus and MetroLink services to help reduce wait times. For more information about shuttles, visit Commute Options
Will the campus circulator be affected by the East End construction?
Will any bike racks be added to campus?
The East End construction plan includes a new building – the Hub – which includes an area for bike racks.
For more information about the new parking strategy, as well as additional policies that take effect July 1, visit wustl.edu.
- A staffed, special hotline (935-3616) and new email (email@example.com) have also been created to help with questions.
- In addition, faculty and staff can also contact the department to request departmental presentations about the new strategy or alternative commuting options.
- For alternative transportation questions or to schedule a customized, one-on-one consultation about your alternative options, contact our Alternative Transportation Coordinator, Becca Gilberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate any feedback and input you’d like to provide. Call our hotline (935.3616) or email us at email@example.com.