[Published March 6, 2020; Updated July 2, 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


Parking permit requirements resume on July 1. What does that mean for me? (June 21, 2020)

Parking permit requirements will resume at Stanford's main campus and Stanford Redwood City as of Wednesday, July 1. Please refer to our announcement for details.

To avoid potential citations, commuters and residents who plan to park, including former carpoolers, must purchase a new ‘A,’ ‘C,’ ‘C-SRWC,’ ‘Z,’ ‘MC,’ or resident parking permit in the online ordering systemNew permits must be purchased by almost all commuters and residents, even if they never canceled their permit during shelter-in-place. Our Why Must I Repurchase a Parking Permit? page provides an explanation in greater detail.

We have developed a page to help determine action steps you might want to take depending on your parking needs.


How can I save on parking? (June 21, 2020)

The virtual permit system provides the option to choose between 'Short-term/Daily' or 'Long-term/Commuter' (monthly) permits according to your needs. Determining the permit that is right for you depends on how often you need to park on campus. 

Since many employees continue to work remotely on a part-time or full-time basis, purchasing daily permits for days you need to drive to campus could be a savings for you and we have developed a table to help you determine how many days it makes financial sense to purchase a daily versus a monthly permit.


Why is the Commute Club program, including Clean Air Cash and carpool permits, currently unavailable? (June 21, 2020)

Since many employees continue to work remotely on a part-time or full-time basis, we are unable to reinstate Stanford’s Clean Air Cash and Carpool permit programs at this time. 

This impacts carpoolers and Clean Air Cash members in the following ways:

  • Carpools
    • All carpool permits have been returned, carpool groups closed, and carpool members unenrolled from the carpool program.
    • Former carpoolers must purchase a commuter permit as of July 1, if they intend to drive to campus.
    • You may informally share the cost of commuter permits and expenses, but free or reduced-cost permits and reserved carpool spaces will not be available.
    • We continue to provide a Stanford subsidy for those using the Scoop carpooling app.
  • Clean Air Cash
    • All Clean Air Cash members have been unenrolled from the program. 

To learn more, visit our Updates about Carpools and Vanpools webpage. For commute options as you return to campus, please refer to our Returning to Your Stanford commute page.


Why doesn't the Marguerite shuttle align better with Caltrain's arrivals and departures? (June 16, 2020)

Marguerite shuttle schedules are developed to align with Caltrain’s timetable and meet trains at the Palo Alto Transit Center and Redwood City Station. However, as Caltrain expands its services, there may be periods of time when those schedules do not sync. Caltrain is able to increase its service with a few days’ notice. Whereas, it can take the Marguerite at least two weeks to implement corresponding changes with its vendor.

Please know that we will work as quickly as we can to realign Marguerite service to increases in Caltrain’s service frequency. We encourage you to visit our website for real-time Marguerite information or download and use the ETA Spot app to follow where a bus is physically located.

Please refer to our Marguerite Service Changes: COVID-19 page for a table summarizing Marguerite service changes since April 1 and available alternatives.


Have there been any updates to visitor and hourly parking? (June 15, 2020)

As of July 1, most physical pay stations and parking kiosks will be taken offline to protect the health and safety of campus visitors by limiting interaction with frequently touched surfaces. Visitor and hourly parking will be available by using the ParkMobile app.

For information, please refer to our How to Purchase Visitor Parking page.

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