Parking closes on Santa Teresa Street, opens in new Searsville lot

Removing parking on Santa Teresa Street will improve pedestrian and bicycle circulation in the area, and provide an extra measure of safety as construction ramps up in the area, said Jack Cleary, associate vice president for land, buildings and real estate.

Courtesy Parking & Transportation Services map of street closure and new parking lot

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Stanford plans to eliminate street parking on Santa Teresa Street – west of Lomita Drive to Campus Drive West – by Sept. 15, and to close the Roble and Lagunita Court parking lots by Sept 22.

Drivers displaced by the closures will find parking nearby at the new, paved Searsville parking lot at the intersection of Santa Teresa Street and Campus Drive West. The lighted surface parking lot will hold more than 600 vehicles.

Stanford opened part of the Searsville lot earlier this week to give students time to move their cars parked on Santa Teresa. The Searsville lot will open Sept. 15 with resident, commuter and event parking. It will have two entrances on Searsville Road.

Stanford's free public Marguerite shuttle service will provide year-round service to the Searsville lot with Lines 1050A and SLAC. During the academic year, Lines N, O, OCA and SE also will stop at the Searsville lot. Collectively, these six routes will provide service to the lot from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. The lot will be served by four stop locations – two on Campus Drive West and two on Searsville Road.

By Monday, Sept. 15, street parking on Santa Teresa west of Lomita Drive will be reduced to a few stalls for service vehicles, delivery, Zipcars, resident fellows and people with disabilities. The disabled-access parking in front of the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center will remain in place until replacement parking spaces are built.

Crews will begin installing fencing around the Roble and Lagunita Court parking lots this week in preparation for the closures of both parking lots on Sept. 22. Some parking permit designations will be changed from "C" to "A" parking on Mayfield Avenue and along Lomita Drive to offset the "A" parking displacement in the Roble Lot.

This weekend, crews will begin renovating Santa Teresa Street by removing or covering parking signs, and blacking out striping. Later, they will rebuild curbs, restripe the street for bicycles and vehicles, and transform some former parking spaces with landscaping. The renovation project is expected to take several months.

Jack Cleary, associate vice president, Land, Buildings & Real Estate, said removing parking along Santa Teresa would improve pedestrian and bicycle circulation in the area and provide an extra measure of safety as construction ramps up.

"Safe, efficient and convenient circulation for bikes and pedestrians on campus is a priority," Cleary said. "As always, please pay attention to the 'Heads Up' detours."

The "Heads Up" campaign is designed to inform the campus community about construction activity and to provide strategies for navigating safely across campus, whether on foot or on wheels. To subscribe to receive weekly "Heads Up" updates issued by the Department of Project Management, sign up here.

Cleary offered five tips to improve safety around construction sites:

  • Pay more attention to your surroundings.
  • Pay less attention to your cell phone.
  • Expect detours and look for directions from flaggers and signs.
  • If you're riding a bike, wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road – stop at stop signs.
  • Allow a little more time than usual to travel on campus – on foot, on a bike or in a vehicle.

Along Santa Teresa, Stanford is building an underground garage at Roble Field and renovating Roble Gym. Nearby, construction is under way on the Panama Mall Office Building, located at the corner of Panama Mall and Lomita Mall.

This year, the Stanford University Board of Trustees is expected to consider construction approval for two new dorms at Lagunita Court – one on the west side of the Mediterranean-style complex and another on the east side.

Brian Shaw, director of Parking & Transportation Services, said that as parking on the core campus becomes increasingly challenging, more people may be willing to consider alternative transportation options.

"We can help residents and commuters identify their transit, bicycle, walking and carpool options, and Stanford offers many resources to enable residents to go car free," Shaw said.