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Transportation Initiatives

Visit the Parking & Transportation Services website for more information about transportation programs and current promotions.

Free Shuttle

The Marguerite shuttle provides free transit to the Stanford community and the public, utilizing a fleet that includes 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 all-electric buses and 5 diesel-electric hybrid 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 44% of Stanford’s 1,040 fleet vehicles are electric, with an ever-increasing number of hybrid options.

Commuter Incentives

Eligible 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 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 Commute Club members and those who pledge to 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, light-rail, and express bus system, including the Dumbarton Express East Bay express bus service. Students, staff, and faculty can ride for free on transbay express bus service on AC Transit’s Line U, a service subsidized by Stanford. 

Transit passes for the Peninsula and East Bay

Bike Friendly Campus

Stanford University was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists with a second Platinum Bicycle Friendly University (BFUSM) award. Stanford was the first university to be recognized at the highest level when the program launched in 2011 and the only university to receive a renewal of its Platinum designation in 2015.

Car Sharing and Ridesharing

Employees and students get discounted rates on the Zipcar car-sharing service, which has the largest university fleet at Stanford. Commuters are also able to take advantage of ridesharing opportunities, including a new ridematching option introduced to commuters in 2016-17. 

Clean Transportation Policies

Stanford’s transportation department is 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, P&TS has a campus-wide Peak Trip Working Group and several full-time staff dedicated to alternative transportation assistance, promotion, and peak-hour trip reduction.