Pilot Go Pass FAQ
Pilot Go Pass Programs
What is a Caltrain Go Pass?
What are the Pilot Go Pass programs?
Off-campus graduate students and postdoctoral scholars may request the Go Pass for free through the pilot programs. One program is for off-campus graduate students and the other program is for off-campus postdoctoral scholars. Go Passes are available for both programs from 2014 through 2019. Continuation of the programs will depend on levels of participation, among other factors.
- How do I know whether I am an eligible graduate student or postdoctoral scholar?
You must reside off campus in an eligible ZIP code. You are responsible for ensuring that your address is entered correctly in Axess. P&TS normally receives data within two or three days of entry in Axess.
US citizens and permanent residents: You must have an eligible residential address designated as your “Stanford (local) address” to be eligible Other address fields, such as “Permanent,” “Home,” and “Mail,” are not used for Go Pass eligibility.
International students: Should confirm that the “SEVIS (US)” field reflects their current address.
- Enrollment: Graduate students must be registered in at least 6 units or at TGR to request a Go Pass. Postdoctoral scholars must be appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. P&TS normally receives data within two or three days of entry in Axess.
I am a postdoc enrolled in a graduate degree program, can I get a Go Pass? Do I count as a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar?
Yes, you can get a pass. If you are a postdoctoral scholar who is appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, you are considered a postdoctoral scholar, and the eligibility and request rules for postdocs apply.
I am a coterm student, am I eligible?
Coterm students who are paying Graduate Tuition are eligible to receive the Go Pass. (Refer to tuition rules for coterm students) Students enrolled in a coterminal master’s degree program begin to pay graduate tuition rate:
- after 12 full-tuition undergraduate quarters.
- after 15 full-tuition quarters for students with two undergraduate degrees
- once the undergraduate degree has been conferred, or
- if they are granted any graduate aid (assistantships or graduate fellowships) before the completion of the 12th undergraduate quarter
I am on Graduation Quarter. Am I eligible?
Yes, you are eligible. You are registered as a TGR student, and TGR students are eligible.
How do I get a Go Pass?
Starting in 2018, the Go Pass is loaded onto a Clipper card. To request a 2018 Go Pass, let us know the 10-digit serial number of your Clipper card by completing the 2018 Go Pass request form. If you do not already have a Clipper card, you can purchase an adult fare card through retail or other outlets. Please note that Senior, Youth, and RTC/ Disabled Clipper cards cannot receive this pass.
Can my spouse, partner or child receive a pass?
No, these passes are only available to eligible Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Transfer of these passes can result in fines and revocation of transit pass privileges.
Does the Go Pass allow me to ride VTA buses, express buses, or light rail or any other transit system?
No, the Go Pass is valid only to ride Caltrain.
Do I need to commit to using Caltrain for commuting to be eligible for the pass?
No, you are free to request the pass and use your preferred method of commuting. You may use the pass at any time and for any purpose. By using the pass to explore or enjoy destinations in the Bay Area, you could save on high parking costs in some cities, such as San Francisco.
Is the pass valid on all Caltrains?
Yes, the Go Pass can be used on all trains, at all times, for the entire calendar year for which it is issued.