Stanford station

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Commuter rail
Caltrain Stanford Station.jpg
View of Stanford Station from the southbound platform
Location 100 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA
Coordinates 37°26′19″N 122°09′24″W / 37.43861°N 122.15667°W / 37.43861; -122.15667Coordinates: 37°26′19″N 122°09′24″W / 37.43861°N 122.15667°W / 37.43861; -122.15667
Owned by Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
  Local service
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Status Event service only
Fare zone Fare Zone 3
Preceding station   Caltrain logo.svg Caltrain   Following station
Local service
(game days only)
toward Tamien
Gilroy during peak hours

Stanford is a Caltrain station in Palo Alto, California, near to the stadium on the Stanford University campus.[1] It is not a regular stop and is mostly used for Stanford football home games[2] though sometimes for other big events at the stadium[3], the station lacks both ticket vending machines and Clipper card readers.

For service on non-game days, the campus can still be accessed from Palo Alto Station with the help of the Marguerite Shuttle[1] and from the California Avenue station by foot and by bicycle.

Service to this station has existed since at least the 1930s, and attracted large crowds in years before more convenient freeway access to Stanford was possible. More recently, in 1994, an estimated 20% of the visitors to the 1994 FIFA World Cup games at Stanford arrived by train.[4]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

Northbound  Local service toward San Francisco, game days only (Palo Alto)
 Limited-stop service No stops
 Baby Bullet No stops
Southbound  Local service toward Tamien, game days only (California Ave)
 Limited-stop service No stops
 Baby Bullet No stops


  1. ^ a b Straus, Naomi, ed. (2004), Let's Go California (10th ed.), Macmillan, p. 184, ISBN 9780312335441 
  2. ^ "Stanford Station". Retrieved 13 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "Caltrain Offering Service for Earthquakes Game at Stanford Stadium on Saturday Night". Retrieved 13 February 2018. 
  4. ^ McGovern, Janet (2012), Caltrain and the Peninsula Commute Service, Images of rail, Arcadia Publishing, pp. 106–107, ISBN 9780738576220