Traveling After Dark
While the Stanford campus is generally very safe, it’s best to avoid traveling by yourself at night. As an alternative to walking or biking—or if you are ever alone somewhere on campus at night and don’t feel safe walking home:
Call the SURE Escort Service at (650) 725-SURE from a cell phone or 5-SURE from any campus land line. A student volunteer will pick you up in a cart and take you wherever you need to go. SURE operates whenever school is in session, from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on other days.
Take the Marguerite shuttle. The Midnight Express line runs until 1:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
If you exercise at night, stay in well-lit areas and avoid the portion of the Campus Drive loop that runs along Lake Lagunita between Narnia and the driving range (where it becomes Junipero Serra Blvd). There are neither street lamps nor shoulders along this stretch of road.
Getting Around Off Campus
If you’re worried that you won’t be able to get places without a car, don’t be. Many alternative forms of transportation are available, and Stanford encourages you to make use of them. Students who bike, walk, and take public transportation help reduce traffic as well as global warming emissions.
For further help navigating local public transportation, check out Parking and Transportation Services’ pamphlet on "Surviving Stanford without a Car," or plot your route with the Transit Plan a Trip page.
For up-to-date information on local transportation services, you can also call the Bay Area Transit Information Hotline at 511 if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and (510) 817-1717 if you are not.
The Marguerite, Stanford’s free public shuttle system, provides service to many off-campus destinations, including University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto; shopping areas such as Stanford Shopping Center, Town and Country Village, and San Antonio Shopping Center; and the Palo Alto and California Avenue Caltrain stations.
All buses are wheelchair-accessible and are equipped with bike racks. Check the route map and schedules.
SamTrans buses serve San Mateo County, which includes Menlo Park and other cities north of Stanford. A number of routes have stops at the Palo Alto Transit Center on University Avenue, including Route KX, which offers express service to San Francisco International Airport, and Route 390, which goes as far north as the Daly City BART station (from there, students can take a city bus into San Francisco). Visit http://www.samtrans.org for more information.
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
The VTA operates bus routes and light rail lines in Santa Clara County, which includes Stanford, Palo Alto, and other cities to the south; see VTA’s Trip Planner for detailed information. Route 22 follows El Camino Real all the way to San Jose, arriving every 10 to 15 minutes during the day and running during the night as well. Route 35 runs from Mountain View to Stanford Shopping Center.
Caltrain is a commuter rail line that runs the length of the Peninsula, from Gilroy in the south to San Francisco in the north. Caltrain offers students a quick, reasonably inexpensive way to get to San Francisco. Visit http://www.caltrain.org for schedules, maps, and fares
Two Caltrain stations are close to campus:
University Avenue next to the Palo Alto Transit Center
Enterprise Rent-a-Car has an on-campus branch serving the Stanford community. Special discounts and services are available for Stanford residents over the age of 20. Students ages 18 to 20 can rent cars as well. The Enterprise branch is located on Oak Road inside Parking Structure 5, just west of the Medical Center. Call (650) 833-8060.
Freshman Emergency Ride Home Program
If you are a freshman, enroll with this program to ensure that you have a ride back to campus if you are ever stranded somewhere or caught in an emergency (within an eight-mile radius of Stanford). When that emergency arises, all you have to do is call Yellow Cab of Palo Alto toll-free at 1-888-512-124 for a ride home. Find out more about the program and register online at the Parking and Transportation Services website.
Last modified Tue, 17 Jan, 2012 at 21:00