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Transportation

Stanford Transportation provides sustainable transportation and parking options for the main campus and Stanford Redwood City. Stanford Transportation seeks to reduce transportation-related emissions and pollution, as well as traffic-related impacts on land use and our neighboring communities.

In 2002, Stanford expanded its Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program, which has some of the most extensive reduction strategies in the country. The program was developed to meet peak-trip reduction goals outlined in the 2000 General Use Permit issued by the County of Santa Clara, which governs campus growth and development. In addition to reducing peak-hour trips, Stanford’s TDM program aims to reduce university-related traffic emissions, congestion, and parking demand. Thanks to its program, Stanford has met and plans to continue to meet the "No Net New Peak-Hour Commute Trips" standard. 

The percentage of Stanford employees and commuting students who drive alone to the main campus has dropped from 67% in 2003 to 41% in 2020. Learn more about ongoing initiatives.

Results

View the latest Sustainability Year in Review for more information on transportation demand management progress.  

  • Stanford's Marguerite shuttle has 41 all-electric buses in its fleet, all of which are equipped with bicycle racks.

  • Stanford is the only university to receive three consecutive Platinum Bicycle Friendly University designations from the League of American Bicyclists.

  • Stanford vanpools, which receive a 100% vehicle subsidy and free parking, grew from 13 vanpools in 2016 to 29 in 2020, then dropped to 17 in 2021 due to the pandemic.

  • Free and discounted transit offerings include the Caltrain Go Pass, VTA Smart Pass, SamTrans (for Stanford Redwood City employees), AC Transit EasyPass (for East Bay employees), Line U East Bay Express, and Line AE-F. Stanford also offers a pre-tax payroll deduction program, which enables commuters to pay for transit and other eligible commute expenses, while enjoying pre-tax savings.

  • During shelter-in-place, the bicycle program offered a series of free online bike webinars, guides, and other resources to help Stanford community members who were interested in biking.

  • In 2020, Stanford had a Zipcar fleet of 35 cars at more than 24 locations, giving it the distinction of being the largest university Zipcar fleet in the United States.