Public Transit and Commuting Resources - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


Public Transit and Commuting Resources

The Bay Area has over two-dozen public transit operators that offer bus, rail, ferry, and shuttle services. The 511 Transit Trip Planner website can help you plan your door-to-door commute with schedules, fares, time estimates, and location maps based on your parameters. Simply enter your starting and ending locations, as well as travel preferences, and it will produce detailed instructions on how to get from your home to work using public transit.

If you would like more detailed information about the most highly used transit systems, please click on the appropriate links below.


Caltrain provides commuter rail service to the San Francisco Peninsula. Caltrain trains include two bike cars that allow bicyclists to board and store their bikes. Caltrain offers this amenity on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dumbarton Express DB1

The Dumbarton Express DB1 bus services Alameda and Santa Clara Counties via the Dumbarton Bridge. The DB1 bus service makes multiple stops at the VA Palo Alto campus throughout the day and early evening hours.

VAPAHCS Interfacility Shuttle

The shuttle travels to the VA Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Livermore campuses, as well as to our clinics in Fremont, Modesto, Sonora, Stockton, Monterey, Capitola and San Jose. Shuttle service to Oakdale and San Benito is available by appointment only.

VTA Buses

The Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority (VTA) offers bus service to the Palo Alto Division (PAD) campus and its vicinity.

The 89 route services the Caltrain California Ave. station, and the Express 104 route stops within .5 miles of the Caltrain California Ave. station.

School Trippers only operate on days when Gunn High School is in session during the regular school year. They do not operate during summer school.

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ADA Paratransit

Several organizations, including VTA and Redi-Wheels, provide Veteran shuttle service to campus. This service is offered to persons with temporary or permanent disabilities preventing them from independently using public transportation. Riders must apply for paratransit service.