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Transit Center bus depot temporarily closes

City to complete construction project on University Circle

The Palo Alto Transit Center bus depot will close from Monday, Aug. 7, to Sept. 21 as the city's Public Works Department makes repairs to the pavement on and around University Circle. This marks the second time the bus depot has been closed this year.

The project will replace 12,000 square feet of concrete pavement, install 870 square feet of sidewalk and install or replace six curb ramps. Curb ramps complaint with the Americans with Disabilities Act will also be added to the island in front of Macarthur Park restaurant.

The transit center was previously closed for nine days from Jan. 17 through Jan. 26 due to a city construction project.

Caltrain will not be affected by the closure.

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will place a temporary eastbound bus stop on El Camino Real in front of the P.F. Chang's restaurant located at the Quarry Road intersection. The stop is accessible via a paved path through El Camino Real. To reach the temporary bus stop from the Caltrain depot, VTA passengers will have to walk or otherwise go the approximate distance of six traffic lanes and then cross El Camino Real. The agency will drop off passengers going westbound at the beginning of the path through El Camino Park.

Riders transferring from VTA buses to Caltrain will be dropped off in front of P.F. Chang's; from there, they should cross El Camino Real, walk through El Camino Park to the transit center and proceed to the Caltrain platform.

VTA personnel and security guards will be on site to assist passengers on Monday and Tuesday. For assistance, contact VTA Customer Service at 408-321-2300 or visit

SamTrans will terminate southbound El Camino bus routes at the El Camino Real/Quarry stop, while northbound El Camino buses will begin from the same El Camino Real/Quarry stop. Routes 280 and 281 will stop at ECR/Quarry due to the transit center closure; the next stop will be at Alma/Lytton. SamTrans Customer Service can be reached at 1-800-660-4287. Schedule information is available at

The Stanford Marguerite Shuttle pick up and drop off will remain at the transit center, though all Stanford Marguerite shuttles will be rerouted to the bus depot. Marguerite buses will travel below the Caltrain overpass on University Avenue to Alma Street and loop around to enter or exit the bus depot from the direction of downtown Palo Alto. For more information on routes and schedules, visit or email


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Posted by Julie armitano
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 7, 2017 at 11:33 am

How long will it last?

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Posted by Ed Glazier
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2017 at 11:40 am

This article says "SamTrans will terminate southbound El Camino bus routes at the El Camino Real/Quarry stop, while northbound El Camino buses will begin from the same stop." I called SamTrans and confirmed with them that northbound buses will begin from a stop across the street from PF Changs, NOT at the same stop.

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Posted by Bike commuter
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 7, 2017 at 11:50 am

As often is the case with road construction projects, scant or no attention to the cyclists who use the route... Be aware that it is much more difficult to navigate the transportation center loop on a bicycle during this construction, and the limited options force a cyclist going west, to take a circuitous route using sidewalks, with pedestrians, going the "wrong" way...

Bicycle commuting from Palo Alto to Stanford is a great way to go, but crossing under or over the train tracks and navigating the El Camino Real crossings are really not ideally designed for cyclists, forcing us to crowd onto sidewalks with pedestrians, or wiggle around a maze of roads and sidewalks at the PAMF area. In reconfiguring the transit center, or the intersection at Embarcadero, etc., I really wish that Santa Clara County and Palo Alto could come together to pay some attention to cyclists using these routes. (The Homer Avenue tunnel winding up ending in a one-way street going the wrong way several years ago was only one example of problems that arise when actual cycling routes are neglected. That particular problem was mitigated some years later by the welcome addition of a bike lane going northeast against the one-way traffic on Homer Ave.)

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Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm

@Julie armitano (a resident of Downtown North):

Re-read the first paragraph.

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