Transportation-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Transportation-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Transportation Resources

Bay Area Mass Transit

  • Bay Area Travel Planner: transit.511.org - A comprehensive mass transit website that encompasses the entire San Francisco Bay Area, http://511.org provides a thorough overview of the various transportation systems in the area PLUS provides door-to-door directions to various locations throughout the area using public transporation.
  • MUNI - The San Francisco Municipal Railway, commonly known as Muni, is the public transit system for the city and county of San Francisco.  Its network consists of bus lines, trolley bus lines, light rail lines (known as the Muni Metro), cable car lines, and a heritage streetcar line known as the F Market & Wharves. Muni shares four metro stations with BART.  For more information, visit http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mhome/home50.htm
  • BART - The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) is a heavy-rail public rapid-transit system serving the San Francisco Bay Area. BART has 104 miles of track around the Bay Area, running from Fremont into Oakland, San Francisco and then south again to the San Francisco Airport and Millbrae.  Travelers can connect to San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport via BART.  While BART does not directly serve the Silicon Valley area, it is accessible via Caltrain, as Caltrain and BART share the same transit center at Millbrae.  For more information, visit http://www.bart.gov.
  • Caltrain - Caltrain is a commuter rail line that connects San Francisco to Gilroy.  Trains operate out of San Francisco and San Jose on an approximately half-hourly basis every weekday, with more-frequent service provided during commute hours and for special events (such as sporting events) and less-frequent service at night and on weekends and holidays. Service between San Jose and Gilroy is limited to three daily commute-hour round trips.  The Mountain View Transit Center, located at Central and Castro Sts., is a popular Caltrain stop.  For more information, visit http://www.caltrain.com.
  • VTA - Line 81 (Moffett Field/Ames Center – San Jose State University ) - Lines 51 and 81 will be merged into one route (Line 81). It will operate from Moffett Field/Ames Center in Mountain View to San Jose State University on weekdays and Saturdays. New service will be provided on Homestead Rd. between Stelling and Wolfe (see map). Line 81 will operate every 30 minutes all day on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with no short turns at Truman & Bryant. Saturday service will operate hourly from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.vta.org/.

Bay Area Airports and Shuttle Service

  • The Silicon Valley campus is roughly 40 minutes from San Francisco (SFO) airport (http://www.flysfo.com) and 10 minutes from San Jose (SJC) airport (http://www.sjc.org).  Both airports are fine options when traveling to the Silicon Valley You can rent a car, take a shuttle, or take a taxi.
  • The Oakland International Airport (OAK) also services the San Francisco Bay Area and is 1 hour away from the Silicon Valley campus. (http://flyoakland.com)

For more information please contact Sari Smith, sari.smith@sv.cmu.edu