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Transportation and Parking

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Alternative Transport Options

Carpooling, riding the train or bus, taking rideshare, bicycling and walking to campus offer many benefits to PAU students, staff and faculty. Alternative transport reduces PAU’s greenhouse gas emissions, helps PAU be a good community member, and saves students, staff and faculty money on gas and vehicle maintenance. Carpooling specifically helps build stronger connections among PAU community members. 

List of Alternative Commute Options

For a customized list of alternative commute options that serve the various PAU campuses, click on the campus below.
Allen Calvin Main Campus – 1791 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto
Gronowski Clinic Campus – 5150 El Camino Real, Los Altos
Stanford University School of Medicine – 401 Quarry Rd., Palo Alto

PAU CommuteSmart Program - Save the Planet, Meet New Friends & Earn Rewards for Your Commute

Finding your way to campus just got easier. PAU CommuteSmart is PAU’s commute management platform where you can help cut down on carbon emissions, meet new people and earn $5/day up to $100/month for using alternative transportation from your home to campus. Click here to learn more and sign-up to start earning rewards.
If you have any additional questions, please send an email to Lori Thomas at

Guaranteed Ride Home

PAU has a Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program for infrequent situations in which a student, staff or faculty member needs to return home quickly. PAU will reimburse a student, staff member or faculty member of the Palo Alto University community.  The maximum allowable GRH reimbursed trips per 12 month period is six (6). Click here to download the reimbursement form.
The terms are simple:
  • Participants are eligible to use guaranteed ride home as long as they have used a commute alternative on the day they need assistance.
  • PAU will accept reimbursement requests for trips using: taxi, rental car, rideshare technology apps (Lyft, Uber, etc.), or public transit. For taxis, taxi fare plus a 15% tip is admissible. For rental cars, GRH will reimburse for a one-day, economy class rental car. 

You will be reimbursed for the trip home if:

  • You or an immediate family member suffers an illness, injury, or severe crisis
  • (for staff) You are asked by your supervisor to work unscheduled overtime
  • Your ridesharing vehicle breaks down or the driver has to leave early for an emergency
  • You have a break-in, flood, or fire at your residence

The Guaranteed Ride Home MAY NOT BE USED FOR:

  • Personal errands
  • Pre-planned medical or dental appointments for participants or commute vehicle driver
  • Business-related travel
  • Working overtime without a supervisor’s request
  • Non-emergency side trips on the way home
  • Ambulance service
  • Trips to work

For more information, contact Lori Thomas (


Alternative Transportation Options by Campus

Allen Calvin Main Campus
1791 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto
Main option: carpool
Gronowski Clinic and Los Altos Campus
5150 El Camino Real, Los Altos
Main options: Caltrain, buses, carpool, bicycling
Stanford University Medical Center
401 Quarry Rd., Palo Alto
Main options: Caltrain, buses, carpool, bicycling