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42nd Annual ARSC Conference (Palo Alto, California, March 26-29, 2008)

Travel and Weather Information

By Car

Palo Alto lies midway down the peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose. Drivers can reach Palo Alto from U. S. 101 or from I-280. Driving directions from either city to the Creekside Inn are available here .

By Air

Palo Alto is accessible via the San Jose International Airport (SJC) or the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Most locals prefer to fly in and out of San Jose, which is less congested and somewhat more convenient via public transportation.

From the San Jose airport

Van services: there are various van services, including the SuperShuttle, which is approximately $26 per person one way.

Public Transportation: the city bus operates between the San Jose airport and Palo Alto via El Camino Real Blvd., and there is a stop directly across from the Creekside Inn (allow 60-90 minutes):

  • Exit the baggage claim area. Across the street there is a stop for VTA (Valley Transportation Authority) Bus 10 which comes every 15 minutes and is free.
  • Take Bus 10 going to Caltrain (ask the driver if the bus goes to Caltrain, don't take the one going to Metrorail).
  • Get off at the Caltrain station and walk to the bus stop on El Camino Real for Bus 22 to Palo Alto/Menlo Park (the Bus 10 driver can point out where this is).
  • Bus 22 operates 24 hours a day and costs $1.75 exact change (tell the driver that you want to get off at the Creekside Inn). The bus normally runs every 12 minutes, but much less frequently late at night; you can check the schedule here.

From the San Francisco airport

Van services: The SuperShuttle is approximately $26 per person one way.

Public transportation: trains run every 20 minutes or more, depending on the time and day.

  • From the terminal take the monorail to BART; the schedule is available here.
  • Take BART to Milbrae (one way tickets are $1.50).
  • At the Milbrae station walk up the stairs and over the tracks to the Caltrain platform going south to San Jose.
  • Take Caltrain to the Palo Alto station (Caltrain tickets are $4 and can be ordered online.
    5) Transfer to VTA Bus 22 going to Eastridge. The bus runs every
    12-15 minutes, but less frequently late at night and costs $1.75 exact change (tell the driver to let you off at the Creekside Inn).

Directions and a Map to the Conference Site at Stanford University

A map and directions to the Braun Music Center where the conference is being held is available here.


The weather in the Bay Area during the latter part of March is somewhat unpredictable. Average Palo Alto temperatures during the day range from the upper 50s to the upper 60s, with average lows in the mid 40s. Rain is always a possibility.

The local NOAA Office provides forecasts and additional meteorological information for the region is available from The Weather Underground.


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