[Published March 6, 2020; Updated March 31, 2020] 

Provided below are updates to Stanford Transportation programs and services as a result of COVID-19 (also called novel coronavirus) and the shelter-in-place order, which has been extended through at least May 1.

Find answers to additional frequently asked questions about the following topics by visiting these pages:

General updates are available for the university community at healthalerts.stanford.edu.

Top five questions


Are permits required to park on campus? (March 16, 2020) 

Parking permits are not required to park in university-operated lots and garages until further notice. Commuters and residents are able to park in any ‘A,’ ‘C,’ resident, or shared commuter/resident space at Stanford’s main campus and Stanford Redwood City. Parking restrictions in special zones, such as disabled parking, red zones, fire lanes, and special-permit-only spaces, continue to be enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Will there be any adjustments to Marguerite routes? (March 26, 2020)

As of Monday, April 6, nine Marguerite shuttle routes are being temporarily suspended or adjusted until further notice due to ridership reductions and other factors.


Is AC Transit's Line U operating currently? If not, what are the alternatives? (March 30, 2020) 

As of Tuesday, March 31, AC Transit is modifying its service schedule and suspending weekday-only Transbay lines, including Line U, until further notice. Alternatives to Line U for East Bay commuters include Marguerite Lines AE-F, C-NW, and East Bay Express, as well as the Dumbarton Express.

Additionally, all AC Transit weekday-only local lines will be suspended and other local lines will operate with minor time changes from their Sunday schedule. 

AC Transit announced it is implementing rear-door boarding on buses with multiple doors. Fare payment is also not required until further notice. Passengers who require a ramp, use mobility devices or need priority seating may continue to use the front door for boarding. Wheelchair riders may be allowed on board without securements by bus operators. 


Why is there a Courtesy ‘Z’ permit in the online ordering system? (March 31, 2020) 

Parking in ‘Z’ permit spaces has continued--and will continue--to be enforced to control access to hospital garages and operations. As such, ‘Z’ permits initially were not included when the university suspended the cost for ‘A,’ ‘C,’ and residential permits during the shelter-in-place order. As of March 30, the cost of monthly ‘Z’ parking permits has been suspended for April, so those with ‘Z’ permits will pay $0 in April. 

  • If you have a monthly ‘Z’ parking permit, you will not be charged for your April permit and you do not need to return your permit. 
  • If your current ‘Z’ permit expires on March 31, please purchase a Courtesy ‘Z’ permit through our online ordering system.
    • Unsure when your permit expires? Go to ‘My Account,’ and click ‘Permits’ to view the dates your permit is valid. 
    • Please note that our online ordering system has experienced higher than average volume during this time and you may be unable to log in on your first try. If you are unable to do so, we recommend trying again in an hour. 

For questions about your parking permit, please contact us at transportation@stanford.edu or 650.723.9362.


Have there been changes to the shuttles connecting Stanford Redwood City with the Redwood City Caltrain Station? (March 30, 2020) 

Commute.org announced that as of Monday, March 30, it is temporarily adjusting its Redwood City-Midpoint Caltrain shuttle due to Caltrain’s service reductions

Marguerite Line RWC continues to operate on its normal schedule.

If you have questions, please contact us at transportation@stanford.edu or 650.723.9362.