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Stanford runs one of the most comprehensive programs in the country to reduce university-related traffic impacts – it’s an essential part of our drive for sustainability.

Transportation, including commuters and university fleet vehicles accounts for 11 percent of Stanford’s greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing the use of alternative transportation reduces those emissions and makes our community a better place to live and work: fewer cars translates to better air quality, less traffic congestion and noise, reduced pressure on undeveloped land and improved health for commuting students and employees.

From 2002 to 2014, the percentage of Stanford employees driving alone to campus dropped from 72 to 49 percent.

Transportation Initiatives at Stanford


Stanford has long been recognized for transportation demand management leadership. Partial list of awards and commendations include:

  • Innovative Transportation Solutions Award, WTS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (2009)
  • Excellence in Motion Award of Merit, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) (2008)
  • Bicycle Friendly University Platinum Level, League of American Bicyclists (2011-15)
  • Best Workplaces for Commuters, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida (2002–2013)
  • Green Business Award, to the Stanford Fleet Garage for dedication and commitment to environmentally responsible operations, Santa Clara County (2004–2007)
  • Leadership Award, nonelected individual or private organization, Association for Commuter Transportation (2006)
  • Best of Universities and Colleges in Race to Excellence, EPA/Department of Transportation Best Workplaces for Commuters, Race to Excellence (2006, 2011)
  • Business Environmental Award, Commute and Transportation category, Acterra (2004)