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Public Transit

Not every destination is served by transit every day of the week. However, many trips can be made by transit, bicycle, walking or carpooling. Choosing an alternative mode of travel to driving alone even once a week can save money, wear and tear on your vehicle and helps keep the air clean. Palo Alto fully supports and encourages using alternatives to the single occupant vehicle for trips that can be reasonably made by another mode.

A new resource on the Internet can help those who wish to travel by transit plan their trip. The website has information on all of the nine-county Bay Area's many transit providers and they have a handy trip planning tool that can help plan longer trips from Palo Alto to other parts of the region.

Transit Operators in Palo Alto
VTA (link): Lines 22, 35, 88 and Express Lines 101, 102, 104, 501 and 503.

Samtrans (link): Lines 280, 281, 297, 397.

Caltrain (link): Baby Bullet, Limited and Local commuter trains between San Francisco and San Jose/Gilroy stop at the Palo Alto Station; Local and Limited trains stop at the California Avenue station.

Dumbarton Express (link): DB and DB1 express buses from Union City BART to Downtown Palo Alto and Stanford Research Park.

Stanford University Marguerite Shuttle (link): Lines A and B, Downtown Express operate between the Stanford campus and Palo Alto Caltrain station and Downtown Palo Alto; Line A also serves the California Avenue Caltrain station.

Paratransit (link): 
Palo Alto residents who need door-to-door transportation are eligible to apply to VTA Paratransit Services operated by Outreach, Inc. For information call 408-436-2865.

Last Updated June 16, 2015