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Transportation Initiatives

Visit the Stanford Transportation 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 is over 2.68 million annually.

Cleaner Vehicles

Stanford's Marguerite fleet includes 41 all-electric buses, with 18 new electric buses added in 2018. 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. 44% of Stanford’s 1,051 fleet vehicles are electric, with an ever-increasing number of hybrid options.

Commuter Incentives

Eligible employees and students who get to campus by means other than driving alone can earn cash payments through the Stanford Commute Club.  Clean Air Cash for Commute Club members can be used by eligible commuting students, staff, and faculty to offset transit, bicycle, or other expenses, but is not limited to commute expenses. Employees who carpool or vanpool receive free parking passes and reserved spaces, and vanpools are free. Stanford also offers prize drawings for Commute Club members and $50 to those who refer friends to the Commute Club. 

Free Transit Passes

Eligible commuting 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 (VTA) bus, light-rail, and express bus system, including the Dumbarton Express East Bay express bus service. Stanford Redwood City employees also qualify for free monthly SamTrans passes. 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 is the only university to receive a renewal of its Platinum designation for 2015-2019.

Car Sharing and Ridesharing

Employees and students receive discounted rates on Zipcar car-sharing. Stanford has the largest university Zipcar fleet in the nation. Commuters are also able to take advantage of ridesharing opportunities, including Scoop, a ridematching app with rider and driver incentives and flexible scheduling. 

Clean Transportation Policies

In addition to offering incentivizes for green commutes to and from campus, Stanford upholds numerous clean transportation policies. 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, Stanford Transportation has a campus-wide Peak Trip Working Group and several full-time staff dedicated to alternative transportation assistance, promotion, and peak-hour trip reduction. Stanford Transportation is also expanding vehicle charging stations on campus.