[Published March 6, 2020; Updated August 25, 2021]

Stanford Transportation is back to near-normal operations with a few changes. Parking permits are required, and daily, monthly, and visitor permits are available. As of Aug. 30, the Marguerite shuttle service will be expanded to better serve the Stanford community and align with Caltrain's increased service. 

For those thinking about resuming their commutes to Stanford’s main campus or Stanford Redwood City, we are providing updates, including the top five questions we are hearing. If you have questions about your commute, please contact us at transportation@stanford.edu or 650.723.9362.

Top five questions

I am only commuting part-time. Which permit should I purchase? (Aug. 16, 2021)

For your convenience, our new Personal Permit Picker lets you enter days you're commuting to see the savings between daily and monthly permits. We also provide more information about other ways to save in our Return-To-Your-Commute Toolkit.

For those who commute on a part-time basis, we offer daily parking permits at daily rates. If cost is a priority for you, the ‘C’ permit is the lowest-cost option. You can park six times at the daily ‘C’-permit rate before it makes more sense to purchase a monthly permit.

If you prioritize time and convenience, the ‘A’ permit provides parking closer to destinations throughout the day at a premium rate. You can purchase up to seven daily ‘A’ permits before it makes financial sense to purchase a monthly permit.

Still unsure about which permit to choose? Please contact us at transportation@stanford.edu or 650.723.9362. We would be happy to help.

Are my free transit passes still valid? (June 8, 2021)

Yes, university-provided Caltrain Go Passes, VTA SmartPasses, and AC Transit EasyPasses remain valid. Current pass holders, or those eligible, can continue to enjoy free, unlimited travel on Caltrain, VTA, and/or AC Transit.

No action is required if you already have your pass(es). Visit these pages to learn more:

Has parking enforcement changed on the main campus? (June 16, 2021)

Yes. Stanford is currently undergoing a gradual reopening of its main campus. On June 16, Stanford ended its temporary campus zones program and Stanford’s main campus returned to weekday enforcement for commuter parking. Visit our article to learn more.

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

What's being done to protect the health and safety of commuters who ride transit? (July 27, 2021)

As commuters consider returning to transit, they are seeking assurance that steps have been taken to make their rides as safe as possible. 

At Stanford, the university continues to take steps to protect the health and safety of the campus community. Please refer to the university's updates for current COVID-19 policies.

Regarding exposure to members of the public, the increase in the number in the region and state who are fully vaccinated helps to reduce the risk of exposure. Those who choose to travel on public transit also are required to follow all relevant local, state, and federal requirements to reduce COVID-19 transmission, which currently includes wearing a mask even if vaccinated.

For example, in line with federal requirements, all Bay Area transit agencies currently (July 2021) require drivers and passengers to wear face coverings. In addition, all transit agencies in the region have committed to cleaning and disinfecting all in-service vehicles daily and to maximizing fresh air in vehicles and facilities.

The Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan provides more information about transit agencies’ COVID-19 response, which is based on guidance and best practices from the California Department of Public Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, as well as other transit agencies from around the world. For more information about how transit agencies’ COVID response may affect your commute, please visit our Public Transit Service Changes: COVID-19 page.

What Stanford Transportation programs and services are available? (July 27, 2021)

  • Return-To-Your-Commute Toolkit. To help commuters navigate their return to campus, we developed a Return-To-Your-Commute Toolkit, with an overview of your options, including parking part-time. 
  • Status of Programs. There have been a number of updates to the programs and services we offer as a result of COVID-19. We have created a Status of Transportation Programs and Services page to make it easy to find the current status of our operations.

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