Transportation-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Transportation-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Transportation Resources

Currently enrolled CMU-SV students are eligible for the VTA ecopass, valid for unlimited rides on all VTA bus and light rail lines in Santa Clara County, including express service. Ecopasses are part of the Clipper Card system, a reloadable smart pass/ID card issued by CMU-SV to each individual. The ecopass is not valid on CalTrain, BART, SamTrans or SF Muni, but holders have the ability to add other passes and fares from other Bay Area agencies to the same card for greater convenience. Additionally, if you live or work along the CalTrain route, please contact student-services@sv.cmu.edu for more information regarding how to get a Go Pass.

More about Clipper Cards — including how to load fares for other agencies (BART, AC Transit, MUNI)

About Bay Area Mass Transit

  • Bay Area Travel Planner: transit.511.org - A comprehensive mass transit website that encompasses the entire San Francisco Bay Area, 511 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.
  • VTA - The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, or VTA - http://www.vta.org/ - operates a bus and light rail system connecting various cities within the Santa Clara Valley. The Route 81 bus line connects the Mountain View Transit Center to NASA Moffett Field.
  • 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. Students who live or work along the Caltrain route, can request a pass through Student Affairs
  • 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.

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)