Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Implement Free Caltrain GO Pass for Employees
November 28th, 2011
Move will help facilitate access to Hospitals and ease commute
Stanford, Calif. — (November 28th, 2011) — Beginning in January 2012, employees of Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital will be able to use Caltrain free of charge as the hospitals provide Caltrain GO Passes to all eligible staff. The decision to provide passes, two years ahead of previously announced plans to do so, demonstrates each hospital’s support for more eco-friendly alternatives for employee commutes. Additionally, the Caltrain GO Passes will help alleviate construction-related traffic associated with the Renewal Project.
“Providing free GO Passes to our employees gives them a great alternative transportation option,” said Amir Dan Rubin, president and CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics. “Our commitment to providing the best care to each and every patient who walks through our doors is paramount and as we begin to build our new hospital, so it’s important that we minimize any inconveniences that can occur during construction. The GO Pass not only helps in this effort, but it also demonstrates our support for our employees’ use of alternative transportation.”
While the construction projects now under way are important upgrades to utilities and infrastructure, they provide the foundation to the larger building projects that are slated for late 2012, when the groundbreaking for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital’s expansion will occur. Groundbreaking for the new Stanford Hospital & Clinics will begin in early 2013.
“We are excited to provide the GO Pass to our staff,” said Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO of Packard Children’s. “By doing so, we hope that our staff will choose Caltrain as opposed to driving. By reducing Medical Center employee traffic, we will better facilitate access to our hospitals for our patients and families.”
The Caltrain GO Pass was originally part of the Hospitals’ entitlements agreement with the City of Palo Alto for the Renewal Project, which includes concurrent building projects at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Packard Children’s, and the Stanford School of Medicine. This entitlement was scheduled for 2014, but the Hospitals decided to implement the benefit two years ahead of schedule. The Caltrain passes and the additional Marguerite Shuttle service necessary to implement the GO Pass program are being provided by the hospitals at a cost of $1.5 million per year.
“Caltrain is happy to welcome Stanford and Packard hospitals to the GO Pass program,” said Rita Haskin, executive officer, customer service and marketing at Caltrain. “With express trains serving the Palo Alto station, and a robust connecting shuttle service, employees will arrive rested and ready to serve patients and families at the hospitals.”