[Published March 6, 2020; Updated April 12, 2021]

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. We have also created a Program and Service Changes: COVID-19 page to outline the current status of our operations.

Top five questions

Has anything changed with the hours of parking enforcement on Stanford's main campus? (April 12, 2021)

As of April 12, 2021, in support of the gradual reopening of the main campus, parking enforcement in the Arts and Athletics Zones returns to weekday enforcement, with no enforcement in these zones on evenings and weekends. Visit our article to learn more. Parking enforcement in other zones continues to be in effect 24/7.

To support campus health and safety and more effectively manage external visitors, as of Monday, Nov. 2, parking enforcement on Stanford’s main campus was extended to include nights and weekends. All vehicles are required to have an active permit to park on the main campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Stanford affiliates can continue to park after hours at no additional charge, either with an existing permit or by registering their vehicle for a Courtesy ‘After-Hours’ permit.

We have developed resources to help you as Stanford transitions to 24/7 enforcement:

Where can I find information on the status of Stanford Transportation programs and services? (Jan. 5, 2021)

There have been a number of updates to the programs and services we offer as a result of COVID-19. We have created a Program and Service Changes: COVID-19 page to outline the current status of our operations. 

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.

For updates about the campus zones program visit our COVID-19: Campus zones program updates webpage.

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.