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Parking at Porter Drive

Employee parking

Parking is free at Porter Drive for employees, and permits are not needed.

Visitor parking

There are 25 parking spaces set aside for short-term visitors. However, visitors will be required to check in with the receptionist at the main entrance after parking their cars.

EV charging station

An electric vehicle (EV) charging station is available at 3160 Porter Drive, supporting Level 2 charging via the SAE J1772 connector for two parking spaces. The charging session fee is $2 per hour through the ChargePoint network. More information is available on our Electric vehicle charging stations page.

Visiting the main campus with a vehicle

The following options are available to Porter Drive employees and/or departments visiting the main campus:

Alternative Transportation

Consider using alternative transportation to commute to Porter Drive. These options are available to Porter Drive employees:

  • Caltrain Go Pass and VTA Eco Pass: Leave your car at home and ride Caltrain or VTA to work for free. Eligible Stanford employees can pick up their passes at the Parking & Transportation Services office at 340 Bonair Siding. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Research Park Shuttle: Ride this free shuttle from the Palo Alto Transit Center to 3145 Porter Drive during the morning and afternoon commute hours. Get the Research Park shuttle schedule here (in PDF file format).
  • Dumbarton Express: The Dumbarton Express provides direct service between the East Bay and Stanford Research Park. Eligible employees ride free with the VTA Eco Pass.
  • One-on-one Commute Planning Assistance: Need help planning your commute to work, or from Porter Drive to campus, using alternative transportation? Send an email with your home and work location and your typical work schedule to and we’d be happy to put together a commute plan for you.
  • Emergency Ride Home: In the event of an unforeseen emergency when you’ve commuted to work using alternative transportation, we’ll arrange for a rental car or taxi to take you home or to the location of the emergency. You must be registered with the Emergency Ride Home program in advance.