Today at Berkeley Lab

Possible BART Strike to Start Tomorrow

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>

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Bay Bridge Commuters: Get a Preview of Your New Commute

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.

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Electric-Bicycle-Sharing Pilot Program to Launch in Berkeley, San Francisco in 2014

[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>

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BART Strike Likely to Start on Sunday Night

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>

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During BART Strike, Staff Encouraged to Use Lab’s Zimride Program

As the BART strike continues, employees are reminded that the Lab’s Zimride program may provide a convenient alternative commute option. Staff who are driving or need a ride can register with the service, which connects you with fellow commuters going the same way. Go here to access the service.

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Potential for BART Strike Starting Monday; Staff Should Monitor News Over the Weekend

As of this morning, BART unions have given strike notice, so it is still possible that a strike could happen on Monday, July 1. The Lab is encouraging all employees who may be impacted to begin making alternate commuting plans or to consult with line management about permission to work from home. 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.

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Blue Route Shuttle Will Run Until 9:30 p.m. Starting June 3

As an additional commute option for employees who use the free after-hours taxi service — which ends on May 31 — a Blue Route shuttle bus will make additional runs between approximately 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., starting on Monday, June 3. A review of taxi-service usage found the majority of rides took place between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., so the extended schedule will cover this time period. The same route and stops as those employed during regular hours will be used, as well as the NextBus notification system. Following is the schedule for the extended runs:

Bldg. 65 (downhill): 7:28, 8:16, and 9:04 p.m.
BART: 7:40, 8:28, and 9:16 p.m.
Bldg. 65 (uphill): 7:52, 8:40, and 9:28 p.m.
Bldgs. 62/66: 8:04, 8:52 p.m.

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New Grizzly Gate Schedule

Effective Dec. 12, the inbound lane of the Grizzly Gate will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, and automated egress 24/7. Bicycles and pedestrians will be required to use the access gates at the side of each lane. The complete installation of License Plate Reader (LPR) technology at both the Grizzly and Blackberry Gates is scheduled for early next year. More information on the implementation of the LPR can be found here and also will be shared via TABL in the coming weeks.

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Grizzly Gate Will Soon Return to Normal Schedule; License Reader Installed Early Next Year

The physical infrastructure of the new Grizzly Gate is in place and is undergoing final testing. Normal operating conditions should be restored in the next week or two, with the inbound lane open from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and automated egress 24/7. An announcement on the schedule change will be posted in TABL. The complete installation of License Plate Reader (LPR) technology at both the Grizzly Gate and the Blackberry Gate is scheduled for early next year. More information on the implementation of the LPR will be shared in the coming weeks.

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Southbound Lane of Gayley/Piedmont Closed August 11-16

To accommodate repaving work, Gayley Road and Piedmont Ave. — from Hearst Ave. to Bancroft Way — will allow southbound traffic only. Detour information was not available from UC Berkeley at press time, but most likely will have drivers turn right on Channing Way, continue up behind the stadium and onto Centennial Drive, or down around campus to Oxford St., then over to Hearst.

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