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Transportation Initiatives

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From 2002 to 2015, the percentage of Stanford employees driving alone to campus dropped from 72 to 50 percent.

Transportation fact sheet - PDF

Free shuttle

The Marguerite shuttle provides free transit to the Stanford community and the public, utilizing a fleet including electric and hybrid diesel-electric buses to take riders to campus locations, regional transit systems, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and local shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. Marguerite ridership has risen to over 3.2 million annually.

Cleaner vehicles

Stanford's Marguerite fleet includes 23 electric buses.  Other efforts to operate a cleaner fleet include replacing larger buses on midday routes with smaller, more fuel-efficient buses and offering hybrid vehicles in the car-sharing program. More than 40% of Stanford’s 1,100 fleet vehicles are electric, and the number of hybrid vehicles increased to 36 this past year. 

Commuter incentives

Employees and students who get to work by means other than driving alone can earn cash payments through the Commute Club program.  Clean Air Cash for Commute Club members can be used by students, staff, and faculty to offset transit, bicycle, or other expenses, but is not limited to commute expenses.  Employees who carpool or vanpool get subsidized or free parking passes and reserved spaces, and vanpools are free. Stanford also offers $50 to those who refer friends to the Commute Club, up to $100 for those who return a long-term permit to join the Commute Club, and prize drawings for those who pledge to commute during off-peak hours or use alternative transportation on a part-time basis. 

Free transit passes

Eligible employees, off-campus graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars can get free passes for Caltrain. Eligible employees also receive free passes for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus, express bus and light-rail system, and the Dumbarton Express East Bay bus service. Students, staff, and faculty can ride for free on transbay express bus service on AC Transit’s Line U, a service initiated and partially funded by Stanford. Stanford affiliates enjoy a 50 percent discount on Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) tickets and passes purchased through Parking & Transportation Services.

Transit passes for the Peninsula and East Bay

Bike friendly campus

Stanford received the Bicycle Friendly University Platinum Level designation from the League of American Bicyclists (2011-19). Stanford’s bicycle program provides bike and clothing lockers, access to shower facilities, a free bike light with bicycle registration for new students, extensive bicycle infrastructure (including designated bike lanes and green lanes; a central campus cyclist and pedestrian zone; and free bike safety repair stations throughout campus). The bike program also offers free bike safety classes in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety, and other programs and policies that make biking safer and more convenient.

Car sharing

Employees and students get discounted rates on the Zipcar car-sharing service, with over 65 vehicles across 26 Stanford locations. Employees and students are also able to take advantage of ridesharing opportunities

Facilities Operations “green fleet” plan

The Facilities Operations department is taking steps to green its fleet. A motor pool launched in 2008 provides three electric vehicles for the administrative group to use on campus; 27 electric cart parking and charging stalls and seven electric service vehicles were added in 2008; and more electric service vehicles, as well as two hybrid courtesy vehicles for fleet garage customers, are arriving in 2009.

Clean transportation policies

Stanford’s transportation department is increasing electric buses in its shuttle fleet and expanding electric vehicle charging stations on campus. Stanford prohibits freshmen from bringing cars to campus, provides alternative transportation information at new employee and new student orientations, and assesses fees on new campus development and parking to help fund alternative transportation programs. To ensure continued progress, we have a campus-wide peak trip working group and several full-time staff dedicated to alternative transportation assistance, promotion, and peak-hour trip reduction.

Goals & Results

Our goal is to make sure people and goods can travel to, from and within the campus in an environmentally sustainable and efficient way. We seek to reduce transportation-related pollution and emissions, as well as traffic-related impacts on land use and our neighboring communities.

One key measure of our efforts is to hold commute trips to the 2001 baseline (3,474 morning trips and 3,591 evening trips), even while the campus population grows. This means reducing the number of peak-hour trips and single-occupant vehicles, and boosting alternative transportation use throughout the Stanford community.

Results so far:

  • From 2002 to 2015, the percentage of Stanford employees driving alone to campus dropped from 72 to 50 percent.
  • Marguerite shuttle passenger numbers rose from 1.9 million in 2012 to an estimated 3.2 million in 2015.
  • In 2015, 50 percent of university employees regularly used alternative transportation as their primary commute mode, compared with an estimated 16 percent within Santa Clara County. 
  • Membership in the Commute Club, for eligible employees and students who commit to not drive alone, has risen to more than 9,000 a year.
  • More than 40% of Stanford’s 1,100 fleet vehicles are electric, and the number of hybrid vehicles is increasing each year. Stanford's Marguerite shuttle fleet comprises of 23 electric buses and five diesel-electric hybrid buses.
  • Stanford quadrupled the amount of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus in 2016. By the end of the year, Stanford will have a total of 75 EV charging stations, including off-campus sites.
  • Bike to Work Day at Stanford saw a record turnout in 2016. Volunteers counted more than 2,500 riders, and 844 riders reported logging a total of 7,353 miles, for an average of eight miles per trip. By biking instead of driving, these commuters eliminated an estimated 6,107 pounds of CO2 emissions on Bike to Work Day