Palo Alto Shuttle
Who can ride the Palo Alto Shuttle?
The City of Palo Alto's Shuttle is free and open to everyone. All shuttles are wheelchair accessible (just make sure to have a working brake system). Each shuttle is equipped with bicycle racks on the exterior of the vehicle and can accommodate up to two conventional bicycles.
Where do the Shuttles go?
The Palo Alto Shuttles operate on two different routes: one from Downtown to the Baylands Business Park and the other from Downtown to South Palo Alto. Shuttle stops along these routes 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.
Crosstown Shuttle: Downtown to South Palo Alto
Currently, our schedule is disrupted by a shortage of shuttle drivers experienced by our contractor and the Bay area transit agencies in general. We have adjusted our schedule online to account for this. In addition, our shuttle provider is working hard to recruit and train new drivers so that we can ensure the schedule reliability and high customer service our community deserves. We apologize for the disruption of this important community resource. Thank you for your patience as our contractor hires new drivers.
The following Southbound trips starting at Alma St/Lytton Ave will be operating:
7:35 am, 7:40 am, 8:40 am, 10:10 am, 11:10 am, 12:10 pm, 1:10 pm, 2:10 pm.
The following Northbound trips starting at Stevenson House will be operating:
8:03 am, 8:08 am, 9:08 am, 10:38 am, 11:38 am, 12:38 pm, 1:38 pm, 2:38 pm, 3:15 pm.
The Crosstown Shuttle 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 School route operates during the morning and afternoons to help encourage alternative transportation options for students.
To learn more, view the schedule and route details or real-time shuttle information linked below. You can also download the app “DoubleMap” to get real-time updates on your smartphone.
Embarcadero Shuttle: Downtown to Baylands Business Park
The Embarcadero Shuttle 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 and Castilleja School. The Embarcadero Shuttle runs approximately every 20 minutes, Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 10:00am and 3:30pm to 7:30pm and is coordinated with the Caltrain schedule.
To learn more, view the schedule and route details linked below.
City of Palo Alto Transportation Division