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Attention drivers: if you signed up for a parking permit, you must pick it up at the Parking & Transportation office at North Campus by Friday, Sept. 8. Starting Friday, any unclaimed permits will be forfeited and assigned to those next on the wait list.

In this video, Dedric Carter, vice chancellor for operations and technology transfer, shares insights on the strategy behind Washington University in St. Louis’ new parking and transportation plan, successes to date, and what the campus community can expect this year.

“We recognize the new parking and transportation plan, coupled with the construction on the east end of the Danforth Campus, represents significant change for our campus community,” Carter said. “We hope this video provides additional insight into these changes and what they mean to you.”

Carter wants students, faculty and staff to be aware that the Parking & Transportation team is focused on improving the parking citation and appeals process and ensuring citations that are in error or unclear are resolved quickly. Importantly, the policy that forgave one ticket a year is no longer in place due to operational challenges to the university.

For those who decided not to purchase a parking permit this year, the university offers a mix of alternative commuting options for students, faculty and staff, including the Metro, Campus Circulator, Campus2Home shuttle, the Occasional Parking Program, Guaranteed Ride Home program and Enterprise CarShare, among others.

For more information, visit parking.wustl.edu or contact the Parking & Transportation office at parktrans@wustl.edu or 314-935-3616.

Washington University in St. Louis’ new parking and transportation management strategy is rolling out July 1.

“Over the past year, a small and dedicated team has worked on developing a new parking plan that will better serve our community,” said Dedric Carter, vice chancellor for operations and technology transfer. “The resulting plan represents a significant change for our campus. We understand that change can be hard, but in this case it is a necessary shift to address critical parking issues and to ensure better operational practices are in place moving forward.”

Several changes will be implemented with the new parking system. In addition, starting July 10, enforcement of the new policies will be increasing.

“The team in Parking and Transportation will do their best to continue to inform the campus about these changes but encourages everyone to visit the Parking and Transportation website for the most up-to-date information,” Carter said.

Danforth Campus parking zone map

New zones

Starting Saturday, July 1, all permit holders for the 2017-18 academic year will need to park in the zones to which they have been assigned. The new zones include: 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).

Garages by zone include the Danforth University Center (Zone 2); Snow Way and Millbrook (Zone 3); Shepley and Wallace (Zone 4); and West Campus (Zone 5). In the coming months, new gate technologies will be placed in four of the garages (DUC, Millbrook, Snow Way and West Campus) and improved way-finding signage also will be incorporated.

There is no parking in Zone 1 during the east end renovation project of the Danforth Campus, but parking will remain available in the core of campus, on the South 40 and at North and West campuses throughout the east end construction. The West Campus shuttles circulate to the Danforth Campus every 15 minutes Monday through Friday. The service is free, but passengers must show a valid university ID to board. Washington University reserves the right to refuse service to those without appropriate identification.

Visitor parking

Starting July 1, visitor parking on the Danforth Campus will be consolidated to the Danforth University Center, Snow Way and Millbrook garages. Visitors parking in these locations will use daily hangtag permits until pull-and-pay garage technology is implemented later this year. At West Campus, visitors can park in designated spaces in the West Campus Garage. The parking meters near the DUC and along Forsyth will be removed and replaced with permit parking in those areas.

Additionally, daily permits no longer will be sold at the Campus Store and must be purchased from the Parking and Transportation office at North Campus. Those purchasing daily permits are encouraged to engage with visitors in advance to assist with proper permitting and parking locations. There will be a limited quantity of daily permits available for purchase at the DUC garage entrance for those arriving without prior arrangements. Those visiting the Knight Center and parking in the Millbrook and Snow Way garages can purchase permits inside the Knight Center. Permits purchased at the DUC and Knight Center are available on a first-come, first served basis. There are also a small number of parking meters on the South 40, just south of the Wallace Garage.  

Accessible parking

Those with accessible parking needs may park in any accessible space in their assigned zone. Red permit holders may park in any accessible space in any zone. If accessible spaces are not available, accessible permit holders may park in the next closest parking spot. To access another zone, yellow accessible permit holders should use an Official Business Permit or park in a garage and secure validation from the department being visited 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.

Permit distribution

Faculty, staff and basic services contractors who still need to pick up their permits can do so at the Parking and Transportation office after June 29. Those who did not enter the lottery (or did not complete the confirmation process) and want to purchase a permit can contact Parking and Transportation to determine what permit/zones are available or to join a waitlist.

All students will be able to pick up their permits from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 28-30 in the Gargoyle (lower level of the Mallinckrodt Center), but those who need them sooner also can visit the Parking and Transportation office for pickup after June 29.

As a reminder, parking permits will be valid from July 1, 2017, through July 31, 2018 (13 months), for the coming year only. In future years, all parking permits will be valid for 12 months, starting Aug. 1 and ending July 31.

Additionally, Parking and Transportation has improved and formalized the parking appeals process as the practice of “only ticket forgiveness” has ended. The appeals process is designed to resolve issues with citations closer to the point of the incident as a needed improvement for operational practice.

Important updates and reminders

The university campus should be aware of several parking, traffic and route changes, including:  

  • Fourth of July changes: On Monday, July 3, the West Campus shuttle will be in service from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Campus Circulator will operate from 7:40 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the Metro buses and trains will follow Sunday schedules. The spaces directly in front of Mallinckrodt Center will be unavailable July 3. The West Campus shuttle, Campus Circulator and Campus2Home will not operate Tuesday, July 4, but normal schedules will resume Wednesday, July 5. Some spaces on the east surface lot of West Campus will be unavailable on July 3, 4 and the early morning ofJuly 5 for the university to accommodate parking for Fair St. Louis.
  • No parking on Hoyt Drive: Parking is prohibited along the north and south entries to Hoyt Drive. These areas are for drop-off and pickup only. Cars left unattended are compromising the designated fire lanes and blocking traffic. Those in violation will be towed.
  • New bus drop-off location: There is a new loading and unloading zone for buses in front of the Campus Store, which will provide a safe space for those accessing campus. Commuters who need to be dropped off or picked up also can use the space if it is not occupied by buses. Vehicles must depart quickly and cannot idle or wait for passengers. Those in violation will be towed.
  • Smoke stack on Throop Drive: Now through mid-July, the two parking spaces on either side of the smoke stack and the western two accessible spaces behind Urbauer Hall will be unavailable.
  • Throop Drive at the Forest Park Parkway intersection: There will be a series of changes made to Throop Drive at the Forest Park Parkway intersection, including revisions to lane striping, concrete islands and traffic signals that may require occasional traffic lane blockage.
  • West Campus shuttle temporary route: A new route is in place that runs from the Mallinckrodt bus plaza during construction on the Steinberg Circle. Visit parking.wustl.edu for details.
  • DUC Garage: The first level of the DUC Garage and the ramp leading to the second level are now designated visitor/admissions parking only. All permitted parking will be prohibited in that area. Permitted parking will be available on the second and third levels of the DUC Garage as designated. In addition, until the new pull-and-pay garage equipment is installed and implemented campuswide, the garage gates will be placed in the up position. For now, visitors who want to park in the DUC Garage need to purchase a daily permit at the Parking and Transportation office at North Campus.
  • Wallace at Forsyth: Through Aug. 1, Missouri American Water will be replacing a water line that runs southbound down Wydown and into Lot 50 (the Alumni House lot). There will be flaggers available to help with traffic control. The impact to Lot 50 will be kept as minimal as possible.
  • Student Health Services spaces along Shepley: The Student Health Services (SHS) parking spaces along Shepley are unavailable through Aug. 1. Students wishing to visit SHS should utilize the SHS spaces on the first floor of the Shepley Garage.
  • Parallel spaces on Wallace: The parallel spaces on Wallace just east of the Wallace Garage are unavailable through Aug. 1.
  • Snow Way Garage: The stairs and space just east of the stairwell on all levels of the Snow Way Garage are unavailable through Aug. 1 for repair work. It is advisable to use the elevator, which is centrally located in the garage.

To learn more about the new zoned parking system, visit www.parking.wustl.edu. For questions that require individual responses, call the Parking & Transportation hotline (314-935-3616) or email the team (newparkingplan@wustl.edu). Visit www.parking.wustl.edu/commute-options/ for details on alternative commuting options.

Due to security and transportation considerations for the Oct. 9 presidential debate, the following road closures will be in effect near Washington University’s Danforth Campus. Detours will be marked for all affected roads.

All closure information is subject to change. Check this page for updates.

  • Big Bend Boulevard between Wydown Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway will be CLOSED to vehicular traffic beginning on Saturday, Oct. 8 at approximately 2 p.m. and REOPENED by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 10.



  • Security fencing will be installed on the west side of Big Bend Boulevard from Forsyth Boulevard to Westmoreland Drive, blocking vehicle egress from streets, alleys and driveways.
  • Forsyth Boulevard between Big Bend and Skinker Boulevard will be CLOSED to vehicular traffic on Sunday, Oct. 9 at approximately 9 a.m. and REOPENED by 6 a.m. on Monday, October 10.


For more information about how the debate will affect our campuses and community, visit the For Our Community section of the Debate website, link here.

This content was published on the WashU Debate site 9/30/2016

After finishing my freshman year at Olin and observing some of my first-year college friends succeed, some roll under the radar, and some struggle, I have come to realize that much of the college experience is determined by a person’s mental attitude. The more prepared you are when you step foot on campus, the better the first year can be. I’ve taken my experiences and observations and put together four things to keep in mind when preparing for freshman year at Olin:

1. Understand that you’re in the same boat as everyone else

Nobody knows anybody. Toward the end of my first year I asked one of my friends how he had so much success socially throughout the year, and he responded like this: “When people got to school they didn’t know anybody else. They’re looking for anyone that will talk to and make an effort to relate to them. So making connections upon arrival are incredibly easy. ”

That’s such a good point. Sure, you might know a friend from high school or an older sibling on campus, but for the majority, everyone is going in cold. So make the effort. Put yourself out there and be friendly with other people. It can be scary, but at worst you talk to someone and don’t connect with them, while at best you are meeting new best friends. And if you do it enough, you’ll surely meet people that you enjoy being around.

2. Realize the full opportunity cost of business school

College is expensive. WashU is expensive. And even if you’re on financial aid or scholarship, going to college means four years of your life that you’re spending at school instead of doing something else (i.e., working).

That’s not to say that college isn’t worth it, but if you don’t go about those four years in the right way, then it certainly might be a waste. Spending, for example, $200,000 to squeeze by academically with a degree that isn’t worthwhile, partying, or, on the flip side, not becoming involved, is a waste of money. But spending that money to connect with teachers, get mentors, engage yourself in the classroom, make best friends, and get involved on campus, while also making time to enjoy everything college has to offer, can be worth it.

3. Use your freshman year at Olin to prepare for the real world

Regardless of what happens over your next four years, you’ll be expected to enter the real world by the end of your college career. It’s easy to stay in your comfort zone, rely on others and not take on new experiences–especially during your freshman year. But if you do that, you’ll face harsher circumstances after you graduate because you won’t be as prepared for what life has to throw at you.

Instead, get out of your comfort zone. Have fun, meet a lot of people, and learn a lot. Gain the life skills that you need to be ready for the real world, so that by the time you leave you will not only be ready to do so, but you’ll be confident and prepared for what’s ahead.

4. Repeat this mantra: It’s about how you respond, not what happens to you

Starting on day one you’ll have your ups and downs. You’ll meet people you don’t like, you’ll get a bad grade on a test, and you may not get the leadership position in the club that you wanted. But you’ll also get that A in your toughest class, meet best friends, and secure a killer internship.

And when these things happen, good or bad, how you respond will be critical.

If you really want to be in an acapella group and don’t get in, you have two options: You can either dwell on it, fear failure and let it define you, or you can take it as an opportunity to do something else. On the contrary, when you are elected president of the group you’ve always wanted to lead, you can either be content with what you achieved and stop working, even getting cocky, or you can keep working hard and show people why you deserved the position.

If, regardless of your circumstances, you’re able to treat every opportunity as a learning one and focus more on the journey than the destination, then when you face downs you’ll be able to recover, and when you face ups, you’ll be able to keep going.

I’ll give you an example. When I got to WashU I tried out for the soccer team. I had spent 2-3 hours each day over the course of the previous 3 months in preparation, and when I got to school I was cut from the team. But I turned around and took on the next opportunity, which for me was getting ownership of a Cardinals baseball blog. And then even after the blog, I could have been content, but I kept pushing forward. I continued joining new organizations, getting involved, and pushing my limits. Not only did this keep me busy and engaged, but it also helped me meet new people and learn from new meaningful experiences.

So what’s the point of all of this?

When new freshmen get to school it can be overwhelming. There’s a lot going on, it’s a completely different life than they’re used to, and while it’s incredibly exciting and fun, it’s also scary and hard. So keeping these four thoughts in the back of your mind throughout the semester can help guide decision-making and emotions in a positive way to help really make college the best four years of your life.

St. Louis is an underrated city. There are great activities going on, competitive sports teams, unique food, and brilliant people. Being so immersed at WashU, it’s easy to forget that there is more than just the campus. After finishing up freshman year and having the opportunity myself to get off campus frequently, it’s something I would highly recommend for five key reasons:

1. You can get involved in the St. Louis business community

Last semester, twice a week, I took the metrolink to TopOPPS, a St. Louis pipeline management and predictive forecasting startup, where I was an Operational Marketing intern. I have also gotten the chance to tour St. Louis incubators T-REX and TechArtista.

Courtesy of downtowntrex.com

T-REX working spaces, courtesy of downtowntrex.com

You don’t have to be interested in entrepreneurship for this to be applicable to you. Interning with a startup can be an incredible opportunity for anybody (that can sometimes even be paid!). At a small company there is a large opportunity to make a difference and get great hands-on skills. It isn’t likely that you could go work for a company with 1,000 employees and have the freedom to get started on a new idea right away, or to work hand in hand with the head of marketing (although if you wanted to go work for a bigger company in St. Louis, I bet you could find success there, too). By working with TopOPPS I learned a tremendous amount about sales and marketing, and the culmination of my time with TopOPPS and within the St. Louis entrepreneurial community has introduced me to some great people over the past year who have taught me a lot, helped me expand my network, and improved my depth of understanding of the St. Louis entrepreneurial and business community.

2. The food in St. Louis is great

Don’t get me wrong, I love what we have to eat on campus. But day after day and year after year, sometimes it can get tiring. Plus, St. Louis was ranked in the top 15 for food by NerdWallet last summer.

The Delmar Loop. WashU photo.

The Delmar Loop. WashU photo.

It’s about the same cost to go out to eat as eating on campus (your 6.50 meal point stir fry is the equivalent of $9.02 if you’re on the silver plan), and it can be as quick as you want–the Delmar Loop, with a wealth of eclectic and traditional dining options, is a short walk away. Some of the best moments I had last semester were going off campus to eat–not only for the great food, but also for the meaningful time spent with whoever I went with.

3. There are great activities going on in St. Louis

First there are sports. Cardinals games are a blast, and the Blues just had one of their most successful seasons ever (RIP Rams). WashU is constantly giving tickets away and there are always deals to get them cheap. Second are the touristy activities, like the Arch, City Museum, and Zoo–all staples of St. Louis. Third are the events in the city. With the second biggest Mardi Gras in the country, great local microbreweries, and streets full of food trucks, there are new things to do all of the time.

Fair St. Louis crowd on Art Hill at Bonnie Raitt concert July 4.

Fair St. Louis crowd on Art Hill at Bonnie Raitt concert July 4.

4. Get a break from the WashU bubble

During the school year most of us spend so much time in the same few places (which, if you’re in Olin, is probably a lot of Simon and Bauer). It’s easy to get tired of the same routine. Getting off of campus not only provides a new and exciting way to spend a day and experience new things, but it also helps get your mind off of your homework and tests. And, you never know what you could learn from meeting others in St. Louis who don’t go to WashU.

5. It’s easy

We get free U-passes, a lot of us have (or have friends with) cars, and the Delmar Loop is a 15-minute walk from campus. Some Olin students might say, “But I don’t have time to get off campus.” And for almost everyone, I am going to call your bluff. Last semester, despite pledging a fraternity and working on my baseball blog, I was able to devote 8 hours a week to my internship plus the occasional Cardinals game or off-campus dinner. Most of us have no class Friday, and sleep incessant amounts over our three-day weekends. It’d be easy to pick one of those days each weekend to wake up early and go explore the city with friends. You’ll create memorable experiences, get out of the WashU bubble, and take advantage of the city that will be your home for four great years. When the year starts up, things will get crazy and it might seem tough to find time, but by making a commitment now that you will get off of campus more, and by prioritizing it when you get back, you’ll surely be able to do so.