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Transportation Services

Transportation Services provides support for all campus transportation needs. Our transportation demand management (TDM) programs and policies are geared toward reducing single-occupancy vehicles traveling to and from campus.  A recent campus study found constructing and maintaining a new parking garage could cost over $38,000 per parking space.  We believe that investing in TDM programs will improve transportation efficiency for all Santa Clara University students, faculty, and staff.  We are constantly exploring new incentives and programs to help the University avoid additional costs while reducing our transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.  For more information about Santa Clara's sustainability programs, please visit the Center for Sustainability's website at

SCU is very fortunate to be located directly across the street from the Santa Clara CalTrain/VTA Transit Station. There is excellent bus and rail service to the area, including a free shuttle to the airport that leaves every 15 minutes.  To encourage employee use of public transportation, Santa Clara University offers transit tickets at substantially reduced rates for faculty and staff.
Discount Program for Faculty & Staff
Mass Transit Discount offers deals on mass transit tickets. Purchase a monthly mass transit ticket and receive 5 free daily parking passes per month. Parking passes are only for use during the month of issuance and must be validated on the day of use by Campus Safety at the University's Main Gate.
  • ACE - Altamont Corridor Express 
SCU and ACE Rail have partnered to offer students, faculty, and staff a 50% discount on monthly and 20-ride tickets for the Altamont Corridor Express. Tickets may be purchased at Transportation Services.  ACE Info including train schedule and route map.
Additional modes of public transportation that provide service to the campus include:

Free Airport Flyer

VTA offers a complimentary shuttle service from the Santa Clara Transit Center to the Metro Airport LRT Station via SJC (San Jose International Airport). 

Please visit to view the timetables and learn more. 


Caltrain Seeks Volunteers for Citizens Advisory Committee

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, the entity that manages Caltrain, is seeking volunteers from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to apply for its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).

The CAC is composed of nine community members who serve in an advisory capacity to the Caltrain board of directors, providing input on the needs of current and potential rail customers. Applicants for the CAC should represent the demographics of Caltrain’s ridership.

The CAC currently has openings for three seats, one each for representatives from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Residents interested in joining the advisory body can find an application on the CAC website here, or by calling 650.508.6279. Applications for the CAC are due by Friday, May 26.

The CAC meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:40 p.m. at the Caltrain headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Avenue, about one block from the San Carlos Caltrain Station. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit

Faculty, Staff, and Student Parking Incentives
SCU encourages carpooling by offering free parking passes for carpools which are vehicles that arrive on campus with 2 or more persons. To participate in the Carpool Program you must:
  • Register all participants in the carpool at the Campus Safety office. There is no fee associated with the Carpool Programs.
  • Receive a Carpool sticker that must be visible on the vehicle of use.
  • Upon arrival, the carpool participants must be verified by Campus Safety at the Main Gate. 
  • Once verified, the vehicle will be issued a daily parking pass to be coupled with the Carpool sticker.
  • Each Carpool will receive 5 daily parking passes per month for participant's use during the month of issuance and must be validated on the day of use by Campus Safety at the Main Gate.

To apply for the program, fill out the Carpool Program Form.

Coming soon:  New rideshare programs


Derozap - Bicycle Commuter Program & Dero Fixit Stations
Derozap is a campus bicycle commuter program to encourage individuals that work at the University to commute to campus in a more sustainable manner. For each day that a commuter rides their bike, they will receive a point. These points are then redeemable by the commuter for parking in the future. 

Does your bike need fixing? To support University staff, faculty, and student bicyclists, Transportation Services recently installed four Dero Bike Fixit stations around campus. Check out this page for more Derozap information.

Zagster - Bicycle Sharing Program

Zagster is a new bicycle sharing program where those registered can have access to a bicycle for a designated period of time.  This efficient and sustainable strategy allows Santa Clara University affiliates to have the ease and convenience of a bicycle when they need one without the hassles of maintenance.  To register for the program, click here!

All programs are open for staff and faculty to take advantage of!  If you have any questions please feel free to email or stop by.


The Electric Shuttles (SCUttle) will provide a means of transportation to those needing assistance between parking locations and event venues. The program's policies and procedures are being developed and will be introduced soon. Stay tuned for more information on how the program will work and how you can get involved. 

SCU provides public electric vehicle charging stations on campus.  These stations are free or reduced price for campus parking permit holders or cost $2.00 per hour for all other users with a maximum charge of $6.00.  The stations were installed as part of a grant, and they fill a gap as the nearest stations are at the SJC airport, downtown San Jose, and along the peninsula.  Users registered with the ChargePoint Network can see available charging stations online. 


Santa Clara University has partnered with Zipcar to expand transportation opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members.  After enrolling in the program on Zipcar's web site, participants can choose to reserve a Toyota Prius, Scion xB, or Honda Insight.  Most vehicles are available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  There are five vehicles located in the Mission lot and eight located in the Accolti lot.  SCU ZipCar

All programs are open for staff and faculty to take advantage of! If you have any questions please feel free to email, call, or stop by.