New campus parking lottery begins

  • April 7, 2017
  • By Melody Walker
  • 3 minute read

The university is hosting several town hall meetings this month to inform students, faculty, and staff about the new parking strategy, including permit pricing and lottery details. Everyone is welcome to attend or watch live streams/recordings of the meetings at

Meetings will be held:

  • 10-11 a.m. Friday, April 7, in the North Campus Cafeteria
  • 8-9 a.m. Monday, April 10, in the West Campus Conference Center A/B
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Simon Hall, Room 1 (Danforth Campus)

Washington University in St. Louis will begin implementing its new parking and transportation strategy July 1 to help ensure campus parking resources are aligned with current and future needs.

As part of this effort, 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). A new low-cost ParkSmart option also will be available at West Campus (Zone 5) for those who cannot park near their primary workplace.

For questions about the new parking strategy, call the staffed hotline at 314-935-3616 or email To learn more about alternative commuting options, visit

New lottery system

Starting in April, all permits for the coming academic year will be available for purchase via a lottery. Under the new system, students, faculty and staff will be able to rank their first, second, and third permit preferences, which then will be assigned via the lottery based on availability, an approach that has been successful at other universities. Once a zone reaches its limit, a waitlist will be established that will periodically be reviewed by the Parking & Transportation team, who will release additional permits as they become available.

New ParkSmart option

Eligible students, faculty and staff who are not be able to park near their primary workplace will be able to use the ParkSmart option, which allows holders to purchase a reduced-cost permit and park at West Campus. Employees whose primary work location is at West Campus will not be eligible for this permit option. The lower-cost permit option at North Campus will be phased out beginning July 1.

New West Campus shuttle

To accommodate the anticipated volume at West Campus, a new West Campus shuttle service will launch March 31. The shuttle will run in 15-minute increments, year-round, from West Campus to the Mallinckrodt Center. During peak hours, shuttle frequency will increase.

Changes to daily permits

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. As of June 30, daily permits will not be sold at the Campus Store. Prior to June 30, Parking and Transportion will widely announce locations on the Danforth Campus where daily permits can be purchased until the pull and pay system is in place.

Early April: Share permit pricing
Mid-April: Open permit lottery for faculty, staff and students
May 22: Close east end for construction
June 30: Daily permits no longer sold at Campus Store
July 1: Zoned parking begins
January 2018: Install technology for visitors in Snow Way, Millbrook garages

For more information about the new parking strategy, as well as additional policies that take effect July 1, visit A staffed, special hotline (314-935-3616) and a new email ( also have been created to help with questions. Faculty and staff also can contact the department to request departmental presentations about the new strategy or alternative commuting options.

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Melody Walker

Melody Walker

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