COVID-19: Campus zones program updates
On June 16, Stanford ended its temporary campus zones program and returned to weekday enforcement for commuter and visitor parking. Visit our article to learn more.
If you would like updates about other Stanford Transportation programs and services, please visit our featured topics page. We have also created a Program and Service Changes: COVID-19 page to outline the current status of our operations.
For other COVID-19-related updates for the Stanford community, visit healthalerts.stanford.edu.
Are tour buses allowed on campus? (Sept. 21, 2021)
No. There is no authorized parking for tour buses. In an effort to reduce large groups coming to campus, all organized campus tours have been canceled until further notice and tour buses are not permitted to enter the campus at this time. Tour bus parking reservations have been suspended since early March 2020 and will continue to be suspended until further notice.
What was the campus zones program and how did it impact visitor parking? (June 16, 2021)
Stanford Transportation implemented 24/7-parking enforcement in November 2020 in support of Stanford’s campus zones. Establishing campus zones enabled the university to comply with State of California guidance while resuming teaching and research operations curbed by COVID-19.
As COVID-19 guidance evolves and the main campus enters a phased reopening, parking enforcement is returning to normal. As of June 16, most commuter and visitor spaces will be enforced between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays or according to posted signage. Enforcement hours at Stanford Redwood City have continued to be from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Please note that parking in special zones, such as disabled parking, red zones, fire lanes, and special-permit-only spaces, are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
Why was visitor parking removed from the Academic Campus Zone? (June 16, 2021)
The removal of visitor parking spaces from the Academic Campus Zone was in accordance with higher education guidance from the California Department of Public Health that called for limiting nonessential visitors. With state regulations relaxing and public health conditions improving, the university ended its temporary campus zones program on June 16 and restored access to outdoor campus spaces for the Stanford community and visitors.
Visitor and hourly parking is available on the main campus as of June 16. To pay for visitor parking, visitors must use the ParkMobile app. Pay stations and parking meters for visitor spaces have been taken offline to avoid the touching of shared surfaces that cannot be adequately disinfected throughout the day in keeping with COVID-19 safety precautions.
Customers who do not own cell phones may consider the option to purchase visitor parking in advance through a computer using the ParkMobile website. Here are instructions for creating a ParkMobile account. Please note that purchasing visitor parking in advance does not guarantee a space, so there is a risk that you are unable to find parking in the zone when you arrive. The payment is non-refundable.
The Academic Campus Zone was generally bounded by Campus Drive and Roth Way in the center of campus and included the Main Quad and the Oval. It was reserved for teaching, research activities, and student residences and dining as part of the campus zones program.
How was Marguerite Shuttle service impacted by the campus zones program? (June 16, 2021)
Marguerite routes and schedules were not affected by the campus zones program. For updates and safety tips about Marguerite shuttle service, please visit COVID-19: Marguerite & DisGo Updates.