Per Director Alivisatos’s announcement this week, an employee advisory group will be formed to help develop a new plan for vehicle access and alternative transportation options for the Lab. Nominations can be submitted here or via the taps.lbl.gov website. Nomination deadline is Nov. 13. More>
To help minimize the environmental impact of commuting to work and enhance the use of alternative transportation options, employees will be charged to access the Lab in a vehicle. A sliding scale based on income will be used to determine fees. The program will be phased in over the next several months, starting next month. More>
Zimride is the Lab’s private network for carpooling. Just add your commute to the website and Zimride matches you with friends and colleagues going the same way. You split the costs and maybe get to use the carpool lane. Go here to add your ride.
Those who commute to and from work around the campus should be aware of additional car and pedestrian traffic created by the various department ceremonies, which continue through May 24. The main commencement event takes place on Saturday, May 16, in Memorial Stadium at 10 a.m. More>
Protesters plan to gather Friday morning on the underground platform of BART’s Montgomery Station, which could affect service on the transit system. Staff who use BART should monitor the news and plan accordingly. More>
Starting Oct. 1, the Blue shuttle bus will make stops every 14 minutes instead of 10 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Analysis shows consistently lower ridership during these hours. This action will help address budget challenges as well as reduce at least 100 pounds of carbon dioxide a day.
While BART and their unions are currently negotiating, there is a strong possibility that the transit agency could be shut down by a strike tomorrow. The Lab is encouraging all employees who may be impacted to begin making commuting plans or to consult with line management about permission to work from home. The Lab’s Zimride program is another option. Staff should monitor local news for any updates on the potential strike. Refer to transit.511.org for alternative means of transportation. More>
Next Tuesday morning the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge is set to open by 5 a.m. Motorists will encounter a new driving experience, as traffic moves from the upper and lower decks of the original bridge to the parallel, side-by-side decks of the new East Span. The new side-by-side configuration will open up panoramic views of the San Francisco bay and the East Bay hills. Motorists are urged to drive safely and keep their eyes on the road, and let their passengers enjoy the much more picturesque ride. Watch an animated preview of the drive here. Scroll down for a video of the westbound drive.
[Daily Cal] The cities of Berkeley and San Francisco are slated to launch a pilot electric-bicycle-sharing program in spring 2014. The program partners City CarShare, a Bay Area nonprofit car-sharing service, with the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies. During the pilot period, the Transportation Sustainability Research Center will evaluate energy and environmental impacts of the service and test the electric bicycle’s influence on commuters’ methods. The pilot period will end in 2018. Participants can access the bikes from up to 25 locations, eight of which are in Berkeley—including areas on the north and south sides of campus as well as in Downtown Berkeley. More>
The BART transit worker union gave 72 hours notice last night that they will walk off the job at midnight on Sunday. The Lab is encouraging all employees who may be impacted to begin making commuting plans or to consult with line management about permission to work from home. The Lab’s Zimride program is another option. Staff should monitor local news over the weekend for any updates on the potential strike. Refer to transit.511.org for alternative means of transportation. More>