2017 Parking Changes

Last year, the Parking & Transportation team announced a new long term parking strategy will be rolled out starting July 1, 2017. The purpose of the new plan will help WashU better allocate current and future parking resources across campus, address key weaknesses in the current plan, and enhance alternative transportation during construction on the east end of the Danforth Campus.

General Information

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.

The new strategy allows us to manage the parking reduction on the East End of the Danforth 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.

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.

Changes go into effect July 1, 2017.
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.

 

East End of the Danforth Campus

Washington University is making significant changes to the east end of the Danforth Campus. For information about this transformation, visit campusnext.wustl.edu.
Construction will begin May 22, 2017, following commencement ceremonies. A majority of the construction is anticipated to be completed prior to Spring 2019 Commencement.
Beginning May 22, 2017, there will be no parking available at the east end of the Danforth Campus. We are taking advantage of these changes to better align the parking resources for the Danforth Campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
At this time, we anticipate that there will be no parking available on the east end of the Danforth Campus.
Once construction is completed, there will be approximately 800 spaces available in the new underground garage. This represents a reduction of approximately 145 spaces. During peak business hours, those spaces will be limited to faculty, staff and visitors.
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 east end construction. For commencement specific information, visit commencement.wustl.edu
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 Permit Changes

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. Watch our most recent town hall that explains all the changes.

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.

For the coming year only, parking permits will be valid from July 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018. In future years, all parking permits will be valid for 12 months, starting August 1 and ending July 31. View 2017-2018 permit prices.

 

Parking Permit Options and Pricing

View our permit chart (PDF) for a full list of options.
The new pricing has been announced. View the 2017-2018 permit rates.
Eligible students, faculty and staff who will not be able to park near their primary workplace will still be able to purchase a ParkSmart permit and park at West Campus. Employees whose primary work location is at West Campus will not be eligible for this permit option.

 

Parking Lottery

To ensure the university is able to align existing parking resources with specific needs, anyone who is eligible to purchase a parking permit for the coming academic year will need to enter the new lottery.
This is a critical component to the new zoned strategy and will help ensure we are able to properly allocate parking resources as effectively as possible.
It is just the term we are using for the registration process that will help WashU properly allocate parking resources and permits for the 2017-2018 academic year as fairly and equally as possible.
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.
The lottery is a preferential lottery that will be designed to assign permits with the goal of giving as many people as possible their first or second choice permits. From Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 28, those who want to purchase a permit for the coming academic year will need to log into the system using their WUSTL key at http://parkinglottery.wustl.edu.

View an overview of the lottery instructions.

The lottery will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 17, and will be open for 24 hours a day until it closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28.
If you miss the lottery, you will need to visit the Parking & Transportation office to determine if a permit is available in your preferred zone preference.
The lottery is not “first come, first served” and will not take into account when individuals completed their permit selection. All eligible individuals will be invited to enter the lottery at the same time, and all permit preferences submitted before the lottery closes will be processed together.
Yes, but that does not guarantee you will receive your preferred zone.
Current employees and students will be able to access the lottery through a website (parkinglottery.wustl.edu) and login with their WUSTL key. We are aware, however, that we will have many new graduate students and some new employees joining the university in the fall who do not yet have a WUSTL key. We want to provide an opportunity for known new community members to participate in the lottery, even if they can’t access the website.

In order to enroll these new individuals in the lottery, we are looking to the schools and departments to identify who the individuals are and help us to collect their parking permit preferences. After we receive all completed parking preference forms, we will enroll each of the individuals in the lottery and they will go through the same permit assignment process as all other members of our community.

A communication was sent in early April regarding this process. If you have questions about this process, contact your department for more information.

Those who join after the lottery process is complete will need to visit the Parking & Transportation office to purchase a parking permit if available or will be put on a waitlist.

Those who join WashU after the lottery process is complete will need to visit the Parking & Transportation office to learn what permits are available at that time. They will then be able to purchase a parking permit or join the waitlist for their preferred lot.
If you would like to change your selection, you will be able to do so through the close of the lottery process on April 28 by returning to the lottery website and updating your selection.
Yes. Permits will be good for one year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, you will have the option to continue with your current selections or you will have an option to register with new preferences next year.
No, parking permits are assigned to a single individual and cannot be transferred to anyone else. Parking and Transportation will regularly enforce this rule; individuals found using parking permits that belong to someone else will be subject to fines.
Once issued, those who decide they no longer want a permit for the 2017-2018 academic school year will be able to return it to Parking & Transportation under the same rules that apply today.
Yes. If individuals are interested in changing their permit, they can contact Parking & Transportation to determine what permits are available for purchase. Individuals will also be able to join a waitlist to be alerted when permits become available in a desired zone.
Once the lottery is closed and parking assignments have been made, all community members are able to opt in to a waitlist for one of the parking permits by contacting Parking & Transportation. The email you will be sent with your parking permit assignment will also provide you with instructions on how to opt in to a waitlist.

Waitlists will give first priority to individuals who entered the parking lottery and did not receive any of their first three choices. Individuals who received their third choice will get next priority, followed by individuals who received their second choice and individuals who received their first choice. Within each of these categories, the waitlists will be randomly ordered.

Once all individuals who were part of the lottery have had the opportunity to join a waitlist, individuals who did not enter the lottery will be able to join a waitlist as well. Anyone who was not in the original lottery will be added to the waitlist on a first come, first serve basis.

Parking and Transportation staff will periodically review demand within each of the permit zones. When availability opens up in a zone with a waitlist, Parking and Transportation staff will contact the first person on the waitlist for that zone. They will be given a period of time in which to accept the new permit; if they do not choose to accept the new permit, they will be removed from the waitlist and Parking and Transportation will contact the next person on the list.

Over the next year we will be shifting the effective dates of parking permits to align with the academic year rather than the fiscal year.
We will have the lottery in place for the next two years. We will reevaluate the process as we near the completion of the East End construction project.
Permits will be distributed to faculty and staff in person by the Parking & Transportation team later in June. Student permits will be distributed in August. Individuals who are unable to pick up their permits on the designated distribution days will be able to pick up their permits at the Parking & Transportation office.
You can pick up your permit after June 26 at the Parking & Transportation office.
Those with accessible parking needs will be guaranteed a space in the zone in which you specify as your primary location. If you need to access another zone, you can use an Official Business Permit or park in a garage and either secure validation from the department you are visiting or pay the hourly rate for visitor parking. Only vehicles with a state issued accessible tag and a paid Washington University parking permit may park in an accessible parking space on campus.

 

Who Enters 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. This includes all eligible undergrad or graduate students and full or part-time faculty and staff who work at the Danforth Campus, North Campus and West Campus. Basic Services Contractors will also need to participate in the lottery. Eliot members who take advantage of their parking benefit will need to enter the lottery as well.
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.
If you want a permit for the 2017-2018 academic year, you need to register via the lottery. During the process, you will be able to choose the Occasional Parking Program.
If you have a current parking permit, it is valid until June 30. If you need a parking permit for the 2017-2018 school year, you will need to enter the lottery. The 2017-2018 permits will be valid July 1.

If you do not currently have a permit or are not purchasing a permit for the coming academic year, visit the Parking & Transportation office to purchase a monthly permit. You do not need to enter the lottery to purchase a monthly permit.

No. Official Business Permits need to be purchased by departments directly through the Parking & Transportation office, not through the lottery.
No. Monthly permits need to be purchased by departments directly through the Parking & Transportation office, not through the lottery.
Because Basic Service Contractors (BSC) do not have WUSTL keys, BSC representatives will be collecting parking preferences for those who are seeking annual permits. The BSCs will then need to visit Parking & Transportation office to purchase a permit for the coming academic year. If your BSCs only needs a permit for a couple months out of the year, they will need a monthly permit, which can be purchased at the Parking & Transportation office at North Campus.
Yes. All individuals who currently have a retiree permit will receive a parking registration form in the mail with details about the new parking permits, which will be available for purchase at 50 percent off the regular price. To secure a permit, you will need to enter the lottery. If you miss the lottery, you will need to visit the Parking & Transportation office to determine what permits are available at that time. If you do not plan to visit campus often, we encourage you to consider parking in visitor spaces instead of purchasing an annual permit.
You will need to purchase in visitor parking and pay hourly or purchase a monthly permit. You do not need to enter the lottery.
In the days ahead, WashU’s School of Engineering will be reaching out to you to confirm your permit needs, including any accessible parking requirements. Once all information has been collected, permits will be issued and you will be notified where and when you can pick them up. In the meantime, your current permit will remain valid now through June 30.

 

Parking Permit Availability

If we receive a higher number of requests than available ParkSmart permits, permit holders will be given second or third permit choice.
Based on projections as we developed our new parking strategy, we anticipate there will be enough parking at West Campus to meet demand; however, we will have a better idea after the lottery registration closes.
Yes. Evening permits will have a new start time of 3:30 p.m. Regardless of permit type, anyone will be able to park in yellow spaces in any zone from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
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.
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.
No. If you have a current permit, it is valid until the end of June and your new permit will be valid July 1. If you do not have a current permit and are not planning to buy one for the coming academic year, consider purchasing a monthly permit through the Parking & Transportation office. You do not need to enter the lottery to purchase a monthly permit.

 

Occasional Parking Permits

Yes. The program will continue into 2017-2018.
As with anyone eligible to request a permit of any kind, you’ll need to register via the lottery. During the lottery process, you’ll be asked if you want to participate in the Occasional Parking Program. At that time, you’ll also choose your zone preference. You may only select one zone.
No. You will need to choose the zone in which you will most frequently park. The other choices can be left blank.
No. You will need to park in the zone in which you are assigned.
Occasional Parking Permit holders must park in a yellow space in a surface lot or in the parking garage(s) within the zone assigned.
We currently offer a 50 percent discount on daily pass rates. This will not change next year. In addition, the number of validations/daily passes that OPP members receive will also continue.
Yes. 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. If you wish to pair the Occasional Parking Program with a ParkSmart permit, you should select these two options as your first and second choices and then write “ParkSmart & OPP” in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Individuals enrolled in Occasional Parking Program and ParkSmart can purchase the following number of discounted daily permits:

  • Full-time employees: 2 packs of 8 daily permits per year (total of 16 permits)
  • Part-time employees: 1 pack of 8 daily permits per year (total of 8 permits)

Over the next few months, Parking & Transportation will be installing new gate arm technology in the major garages on the Danforth Campus. This will be complete by January 2018. Once this new technology is in place, the daily permit hangtags will be replaced with daily validation tickets that will allow users to park in a garage for free. Until this new technology is installed, the Occasional Parking Program will continue to use the same daily permit hangtags it has in the past.

When the transition from hangtags to validation tickets takes place, Occasional Parking Permit holders who have some hangtags left will be able to exchange those hangtags for new validation tickets through Parking & Transportation.

 

Bearly Drivers Permits

As with anyone eligible to request a permit, you’ll need to register via the lottery. During the process, you will be asked if you want to participate in the Bearly Drivers program and if you are the primary driver. At that time, you’ll make a request for your specific zones.

Once issued, your permit will be tied to a specific zone, and you will need to park in a Bearly Drivers’ space that is within the zone you are assigned. We are looking at where those spaces will be placed but they will be available until 5 p.m., which is three hours longer than under the current system.

Only full-time Faculty and staff qualify for this program. Part-time faculty and staff, undergrads, and graduates, including those in the Medical School, will not be able to participate.

All Bearly Driver participants must register via the lottery. During the registration process, you will be asked if you are the primary driver.

 

Eliot Society

Yes. Those who currently have an Eliot Society permit, which is valid through October 31, 2017, must register via the lottery. During the selection process, you will be able to specify that you currently have an Eliot Society permit. This will ensure your selection in the lottery is held until your new permit is issued, which will be based on your preferences and permit availability. Once issued, the new permit will be valid on November 1, 2017.
Your student should enter the lottery by going to parkinglottery.wustl.edu. In the lottery registration process they will be given the opportunity to indicate that they currently have an Eliot Society permit.
Current Eliot Society passes are valid until October 31, 2017. If you have a current Eliot Society pass and you enter the lottery to purchase a new zone parking permit to use starting November 1, 2017, you will not be charged for this new permit until November 1.

 

Emeritus

Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, retired faculty and staff will be given the option to purchase a red or yellow annual permit at 50% off the regular permit price. All current emeritus parking permit holders will receive a letter in the mail informing them of their options and providing instructions on how to submit their parking preferences. Retired employees should not try to enter the online parking lottery.

 

Reciprocity

WUSM reserved parkers will still be able to park in red lots on the Danforth Campus. All other WUSM parkers should use the Danforth University Center (DUC) garage visitor spaces who will need to pull a ticket and show a WUSM permit and ID to exit without a charge. Read the policy (PDF).
These changes will not impact you unless you need to park at the Danforth Campus. See above response on reciprocity.

 

Parking Policies – Undergraduates

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 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 commute options or contact us at parktrans@wustl.edu.

In rare cases, the Office of Parking and Transportation will consider exceptions to the rule that sophomores are not allowed to park a vehicle on campus.  To be considered, please submit your request, in writing, to Elisa Comer in the Office of Parking and Transportation.  Please consider the following alternative transportation options for Metro Transit U-Pass and CarShare before submitting your request.  In the event that the University grants an exception, the exception will likely be for a west campus, ParkSmart permit.
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 and park on West Campus.

For more information, visit our commute options or contact us at parktrans@wustl.edu.

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 at West Campus.

To accommodate the anticipated volume at West Campus, a new West Campus shuttle is available. It runs in 15 minute increments, year round, from the West Campus to the Danforth Campus. 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 UPass, 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.

All undergraduate students must park in the South 40 lot between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After that time, permits are not enforced and anyone with a permit can park in yellow spaces after 5 p.m. during the weekdays and at any time on the weekends.
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.
Yes. This permit is for graduate students and upperclass undergraduates who commute.
There are a couple options. We will offer pull and pay technology around campus that will allow you to park in visitor spaces for an hourly rate or you can park on campus after 5 p.m. in any yellow space, in any zone, Monday through Friday, or anytime on Saturday and Sunday.
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.

 

Parking Policies – Graduates

Graduate commuter students will be eligible to park in Zone 2, Zone 3, or the low cost ParkSmart option to park at West Campus.
Yes. This permit is for graduate students and undergraduates who commute.
There are a couple options. We will offer pull and pay technology around campus that will allow you to park in visitor spaces for an hourly rate or you can park on campus after 5 p.m. in any yellow space, in any zone, Monday through Friday, or anytime on Saturday and Sunday.
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.

 

Parking Policies – Staff/Faculty

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 is a great option for those who park at West 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.
There are a few options. We will offer pull and pay technology around campus that will allow you to park in visitor spaces for an hourly rate. Your department may want to consider purchasing an Official Business Use permit which, if you need to move around campus for your job, will allow you to park in a space in any of the zones for up to three hours.
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.
We are exploring those options but encourage your departments to reach out to WashU IT regarding alternatives to in-person meetings such as Skype for Business.
You can park on campus after 5 pm Monday through Friday in any yellow space in any zone. Another option is to park as a visitor in a garage and pay by the hour.
You will need to enter the lottery and select your zone preferences. When you no longer need your permit, return it by the first Friday of the month.
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.
All individuals who currently have a retiree permit will receive a parking registration form in the mail with details about the new parking permits, which will be available for purchase at 50 percent off the regular price. To secure a permit, you will need to enter the lottery. If you miss the lottery, you will need to visit the Parking & Transportation office to determine what permits are available at that time. If you do not plan to visit campus often, we encourage you to consider parking in visitor spaces.

 

Parking Policies – Contractors

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.
Basic Service Contractors (BSC) can purchase annual permits but they will need to provide their zone preferences to their BSC representative who will enter the lottery on your behalf.

If you only need a permit for a few months out of the year, you can purchase a monthly permit at the Parking & Transportation office at North Campus.

Yes. They can choose the ParkSmart option for $104.

 

Parking Policies – Visitors

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.

Yes. Visitor parking will still be offered by the Kemper Art Museum.

 

Parking Policies – Other

Motorcycles do require permits. Contact Parking and Transportation to secure a permit for the 2017-2018 academic year.
We are working with tenants to identify parking needs.
No. There will be no parking available in Zone 1 until the new underground garage is built, which will be primarily used for faculty, staff and visitors.
Current parking permits will be honored until the new permits take effect on July 1. However, there will not be any parking on the East End of campus so exploring your options now is a good idea.

 

Enforcement and Security

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.
Just as we align parking resources with needs, we will align our security resources as well.
Yes. Safety and security measures will be enhanced.

 

Pricing Information

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. View the new parking permit prices.
View the new parking permit prices here. There are 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 ParkSmart permit and park at West Campus at a reduced cost.

 

Alternative Commuting Options

There are lots of ways to get to campus you don’t have to pick just one.

  • ParkSmart Permits: Those based on Danforth Campus will be able to purchase a ParkSmart 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, or the new West Campus Shuttle service, which will circulate every 15 minutes. You can also bike to the core of Danforth Campus in about six minutes.
  • Metro Transit: 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)
    • ONE (1) FREE daily permit per month for non-primary drivers
  • Bicycles: 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.
    • Individuals enrolled just in Occasional Parking Program (not paired with ParkSmart) can purchase:
      • Full-time employees: 6 packs of 8 daily permits per year (total of 48 permits)
      • Part-time employees: 3 packs of 8 daily permits per year (total of 24 permits)
    • Individuals enrolled in Occasional Parking Program and ParkSmart can purchase:
      • Full-time employees: 2 packs of 8 daily permits per year (total of 16 permits)
      • Part-time employees: 1 pack of 8 daily permits per year (total of 8 permits)
    • 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.
  • Enterprise CarShare: 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 pm to 8 am.
    • 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.
    • Click here to learn more and/or apply for your membership
  • Campus2Home: 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. [Link to map here]
  • Campus Circulator: 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.

To learn more about alternative commute options, visit parking.wustl.edu/commute-options or contact Becca Gilberg at rgilberg@wustl.edu. Becca is WashU’s alternative transportation coordinator and can provide fully customized alternative commute plans, in-person consultations as well as group presentations.

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.
 

 

West Campus Shuttle

The shuttle is free to students, faculty and staff but you must present a WashU ID to board.
As of now, the shuttles will run Monday through Friday from West Campus to the Danforth Campus every 15-minutes, with service beginning at West Campus at 7 a.m., and the last pick up at Mallinckrodt Center at 10 p.m.
The shuttle will pick up and drop off passengers at the corner of Jackson and Forsyth at West Campus. It will make a right turn on Lee, a right on Jackson, and a left turn on Forsyth to the Mallinckrodt bus plaza. It will then travel back to West Campus via Forsyth, making a stop at Hoyt for those who need access to East End of campus. Additional stops may be added. View the route map.
Throughout April, the team will be testing the new service, exploring drop off locations at West Campus, and evaluating the potential to add more stops on campus. As these plans are finalized, those who want to ride the new West Campus shuttle during April will be able to park at West Campus, either on the fifth and sixth levels of the West Campus parking garage or in the parking lot east of the West Campus building, next to the MetroLink station. They will not need a permit to do so.
Yes. Beginning May 1, Metro Bus, Campus Circulator and Campus2Home routes will be modified to accommodate the start of the East End construction project. Significant changes include:

  • Metro Bus: A new temporary stop will be placed just east of Hoyt for buses heading westbound on Forsyth. This stop will be temporary until a permanent stop is placed on Forsyth in front of the Steinberg Hall circle drive later this fall. For Metro buses heading eastbound on Forsyth, the new stop will be located in front of Hillel.
  • Campus Circulator: The circulator will begin to use the new temporary Hoyt stop until the new permanent location on Forsyth is available.
  • Campus2Home: The service will begin using the Hillel stop in place of Brookings starting May 1. The shuttle will also be equipped with GPS starting May 15.

View the new interactive map for specific route details here.

This is under consideration but a decision has not been finalized.

 

Bike Racks

The East End construction plan includes a new building – the Hub – which includes an area for bike racks. In the meantime, we are taking a look at the current bike rack availability and making a decision regarding whether more will be needed later this summer.

 

Available Resources

To learn more about the new parking strategy, read the FAQ, and watch an on-demand playback of one of our recent town halls, visit parking.wustl.edu.
For more information about the new parking strategy, as well as additional policies that take effect July 1, visit parking.wustl.edu.

  • A staffed, special hotline (935-3616) and new email (newparkingplan@wustl.edu) 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 rgilberg@wustl.edu.

We appreciate any feedback and input you’d like to provide. Call our hotline (935-3616) or email us at newparkingplan@wustl.edu.