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Palo Alto Shuttle Service
The City of Palo Alto's Shuttle is free and open to everyone. All shuttles are wheelchair accessible. Bus stops are marked with a "Palo Alto Shuttle" sign, a sticker on a regular VTA bus stop sign, or a “Shuttle” decal on a stop sign pole in residential areas. 

The cities of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto partnered to introduce a new community shuttle route for residents that began on July 1, 2014. The EPA/Caltrain Shuttle  links the City of East Palo Alto Woodland-Newell neighborhoods with the City of Palo Alto University Avenue/Downtown area. The route includes the Palo Alto shuttle programs first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicle and operated seven days per week (except on certain holidays) from 6AM to 9PM. MV Transportation operates the East Palo Alto/Caltrain shuttle, is managed by the City of Palo Alto, and funded by the City of East Palo Alto.

East Palo Alto/Caltrain Schedule (effective July 1, 2014)

embarcadero shuttle logoThe Embarcadero Shuttle, operated by the Caltrain Commuter Shuttle Program, provides peak hour service between the University Avenue Caltrain Station and the Baylands Business Parks east of Highway 101/Embarcadero. Local schools and community facilities are also served in between including Palo Alto High School, Jordan Middle School and Castilleja School. The Embarcadero Shuttle runs approximately every 15 minutes, Monday through Friday from the Palo Alto Caltrain station to the Embarcadero/Baylands during commute hours (7AM to 10AM and 3:30PM to 7:00PM) and is coordinated with the Caltrain schedule.  

Caltrain is adjusting its timetable that will be effective October 5, 2014. City Staff has worked with Caltrain staff to revised the Embarcadero Shuttle to better accommodate new train timings. The revised Embarcadero Shuttle is posted below and is effective October 6, 2014.

Embarcadero Shuttle Schedule (effective October 6,2014).

crosstown shuttle logo

The Crosstown Shuttle operated by MV Transportation and managed by the City of Palo Alto, connects the University Avenue/Downtown to South Palo Alto at Charleston Road. The Crosstown Shuttle traverses several residential neighborhoods, schools, senior residences, libraries, recreation centers, and commercial districts helping to link public service areas within the community. A Special Jordan Middle School run operates during the morning and afternoons to help encourage alternative transportation options for students.

Starting April 1, 2015, the City of Palo Alto will be providing increased service on the Crosstown Shuttle route to improve the service to local schools and community facilities. This schedule has been updated to provide increased frequency of service to 30 minutes headway during the mid-day hours of 10:00am. Please check the link below for the new schedule that will begin on April 1, 2015.

Crosstown Shuttle Schedule (effective April 1, 2015)

Crosstown Shuttle Schedule (effective March 7, 2011)

For more information on the Palo Alto Shuttle Program Please contact the Transportation Division:

Call: 650-329-2441

Additional Transit Information in Palo Alto:

Stanford Marguerite Shuttle - Marguerite is Stanford’s free public shuttle service, which travels around campus and connects to nearby transit, shopping, dining, and entertainment. [more]

VTA - The Valley Transportation Authority provides low cost fair based transit service for residents in Santa Clara County. [more]

Last Updated September 18, 2012