Keep the roads clear; use transportation alternatives

With the closing of Highway 40, University commuters might be finding that getting to and from campus every day has become a more time-consuming, aggravating task.

In order to make commuting less stressful, WUSTL Parking & Transportation Services offers faculty, staff and students suggestions of other ways to get to campus besides in their own automobile.

Ride Metro. The University offers free Metro passes to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff, full-time students and full-time employees of the University’s qualified service providers. Owners of the pass, called U-Pass, can ride MetroLink and Metro buses free of charge. A MetroLink stop is located both just northeast and just northwest of the Danforth Campus, and there are MetroLink stops within a short walk of the School of Medicine, North Campus and West Campus. Metro has several bus stops close to and at WUSTL campuses as well.

If there’s not a Metro and MetroLink stop close to your house, consider the Park-Ride option: Drive your own car to one of many Park-Ride lots, which are located throughout the metro area, and then take Metro or MetroLink the rest of the way.

To sign up for a U-Pass, visit To find Park-Ride stops and plan your trip to and from campus using Metro, visit

Car pool. The fewer cars on the road, the less gridlock created. Grab a friend who lives close and make plans to come to work together. For those interested in car-pooling but need help putting one together, contact Parking Services at 935-5601. As a bonus, any new car-pool member will receive a $10 gas card.

Bicycle. Bicycling is a great way to get exercise while you travel to work, and it saves money on gasoline and car repairs. For those who you don’t live within five miles (generally considered easy biking distance for those in good health), it’s easy to combine your bicycle trip with a Metro trip: All Metro vehicles are equipped to transport bicycles as well as people.

For information and tips about biking around St. Louis, visit