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Transportation

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

In 2002, Stanford established the 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 General Use Permit issued by the County of Santa Clara, which governs campus growth and development. In addition to reducing peak hour trips, TDM aims to reduce university-related traffic emissions, congestion, and parking demand. Thanks to the TDM program, Stanford has made strides in consistently meeting its goal of "No Net New Commute Trips."

The percentage of Stanford employees and commuting students who drive alone to the main campus has dropped from 67% in 2002 to 42% in 2018. Learn more about ongoing initiatives.

Results

View the 2018-19 Sustainability Year in Review for more information on transportation demand management progress.  

  • 2.86 million passengers annually ride the free Marguerite shuttle.

  • Stanford's free Marguerite shuttle fleet has increased from 23 to 41 all-electric buses, with 18 new electric buses added in 2018. Almost all Marguerite vehicles are equipped with bicycle racks.

  • In this year’s Bike to Work Day, 3,695 riders and walkers participated at Stanford’s campuses. Stanford celebrated the Bay Area’s 25th Anniversary of Bike to Work Day with a Bike-a-Palooza event on the main campus and an Energizer Station at Stanford Redwood City. 

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

  • Stanford vanpools, which are 100% subsidized and come with free parking, grew from 13 in 2016 to 21 in 2018.

  • Stanford’s 2,089 carpool members contributed to reduced traffic and enjoyed free, premium, reserved parking.

  • In 2018, Stanford had more than 11,000 members in the Commute Club, an incentive program that offers generous rewards for sustainable commuters.

  • Free and discounted transit offerings include the Caltrain Go Pass, VTA Smart Pass, SamTrans (for Stanford Redwood City employees), and Line U East Bay Express. As part of federal and state law, 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.

  • Stanford has a Zipcar fleet of 68 cars at more than 30 locations, giving it the distinction of being the largest university Zipcar fleet in the United States.