[Published March 6, 2020; Updated Sept. 29, 2020] 

Provided below are updates to Stanford Transportation programs and services as a result of COVID-19.

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

For other COVID-19-related updates for the Stanford community, visit healthalerts.stanford.edu.

If you are thinking about resuming your commute to Stanford’s main campus or Stanford Redwood City, our Returning to Your Stanford Commute page provides resources to help you prepare.

Top five questions

What is the campus zones program and how does it impact visitor parking? (Aug. 28, 2020)

In compliance with State of California guidance, the campus zones program supports the resumption of teaching and research operations curbed by COVID-19 by establishing zones that define access to different areas of Stanford’s main campus. 

The program goes into effect as of Sept. 1, at which time visitor parking will not be available in the Academic Campus Zone. Existing visitor parking in the Academic Campus Zone will be converted to ‘A’ permit spaces for essential Stanford commuters.

Visit our COVID-19: Campus zones program updates to learn more.

How is Marguerite Shuttle service impacted by the campus zones program? (Aug. 28, 2020)  

Marguerite routes and schedules are not affected by the campus zones program. Only Stanford affiliates who are approved to be in the Academic Campus Zone should continue to those stops. 

A sign is being installed at the Palo Alto Transit Center to alert Marguerite passengers of the new rules governing access to different areas of campus. For updates about the campus zones program visit our COVID-19: Campus zones program updates webpage.

Are there resources to help me prepare for resuming my commute? (Aug. 17, 2020)

Your commute options are likely to be determined by several factors, including transit operations and schedules, individual levels of comfort, and assessment of the time, cost, perceived safety, and access to different modes.

While we are providing general information to help you consider your options, your commute is your personal choice. Stanford commuters are encouraged to assess and select the option(s) that best meet their needs.

We have created a page of return-to-commute resources that includes commute options and the ability to schedule a one-on-one commute consultation if you would like assistance on planning your commute.

I have read that financial challenges may affect the future of Caltrain's service. What is happening?  (Aug. 7, 2020)

Some Stanford commuters have expressed concern about whether or not Caltrain will continue to operate given the financial challenges caused by ridership decreases due to COVID-19. We have developed a Caltrain Updates: COVID-19 page to help provide context about Caltrain’s current situation and the proposed eighth-cent sales tax measure to provide the agency with a dedicated funding source.

Are there passenger limits on Marguerite buses? (Aug. 5, 2020)  

Yes. Limits were implemented on April 20 to to protect the health and well-being of riders and drivers, avoid overcrowding, and comply with Santa Clara's Mandatory Directive on Public Transit.

When a bus reaches capacity, head signs will be switched to read “Bus Full” and stops will be made only to allow those on board to exit. Passenger thresholds for the buses in the Marguerite fleet are as follows:

Length of bus


Passenger limit

30 feet

6 passengers

40 feet

10 passengers

45 feet (transbay routes) 14 passengers

44-foot double-decker (transbay routes)

24 passengers

For a full list of safety measures implemented in response to COVID-19, visit our Marguerite Safety Updates: COVID-19 page.

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