Today at Berkeley Lab

Annual Emergency Exercise to Impact Parking, Traffic, and Bus Services July 26

Closures include the U5 parking lot from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Lawrence Road east of Strawberry gate and the Building 74 bus stop from about 8:25 a.m. to 9 a.m. Bus services may be delayed. Exercise participants will be in “play” mode from about 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. More>

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‘Spare the Air’ Days and Alternate Commute Options

During summer months, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issues “Spare the Air” alerts when ozone levels are expected to reach unhealthy levels. On these occasions, staff can help cut down on air pollution by using Lab shuttles, carpools/vanpools, or bicycling to work. Visit commute.lbl.gov for more about these options. Sign up to receive Spare the Air Day alerts.

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Hearst Road Construction Impacts Lab Shuttle Stops

Due to the Hearst “Complete Streets” project, the three shuttle stops on Hearst Ave (Northgate, Arch and Cory Hall) may be affected intermittently. Shuttle drivers will not attempt to pick up passengers in unsafe situations. While these stops are affected, signage will direct passengers to the nearest, safest, alternative locations for boarding and exiting shuttles.

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Bike Shuttle Express Route Starts Feb. 13

On Feb. 13, two trial runs of a bike shuttle express route will be conducted, starting at 8 a.m. from the West Crescent stop on the UC Berkeley campus and going directly to Building 69 near Grizzly Gate. Regular bike shuttle express operation starts Feb. 14, with runs every weekday morning from the West Crescent stop at 8, 8:30, 9, and 9:30 a.m. Go here for map, and here for FAQ.

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Friday, Oct. 21, Cal Football Game to Impact Commute, Lab Shuttles

Rim Way Road along the north and south side of Memorial Stadium will close at 4:30 p.m. Employees exiting Grizzly or Strawberry Gates must head up (north) on Centennial Drive after this time. Gayley between Hearst and Bancroft will close at 4:30 p.m. Staff exiting Blackberry Gate after this time must head west, down Hearst, or north. The Orange shuttle will stop service at 4 p.m. The Rockridge shuttle will be re-routed with slight delays.

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39th Annual Runaround on Friday, Nov. 18

The 39th annual running of this 1.86-mile-long foot race starts at the Fire House (Bldg. 45) at noon (the Bikearound at 11:30 a.m.) and finishes at the cafeteria parking lot. No registration is required. The event will feature music, farmers market, vendors, and a special cafeteria menu. Free t-shirts will be given to all finishers. Traffic, parking, and shuttle service will be impacted. More>

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Construction at Building 72 to Impact Traffic, Bus Stop Location

Beginning in the middle of the week of Sept. 19 through the end of September, the bus stop located between Buildings 67 and 72 will be temporarily relocated about 20 yards south on Lawrence Road. Once construction begins, traffic on Lawrence Road in front of Building 72 will be restricted to one lane with flaggers directing traffic. Use caution in this area. Contact is Doug Brunkow (x6252).

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Shuttle Bus & Van Parking Moves to Area Near Building 31

Starting Saturday May 7, the parking stalls on the first bench below (south) of Building 31 will be used for Bus Services parking. Vehicles in this area must be moved by 5 p.m. Friday, May 6. The shuttles and vans are being moved to this area to mitigate the loss of numerous parking stalls in lot B1 (Bevatron lot) due to construction activities.

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Director Launches Vehicle Access Fee Program

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>

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Runaround Takes Place Friday, Oct. 16

The 38th annual running of this 1.86-miles-long foot race starts at the Fire House at noon. The Bikearound starts at 11:30 a.m. The race finishes at the cafeteria parking lot. No registration is required. All finishers will get a free t-shirt. A special lunch menu and music are planned. Parking and traffic will be affected. More>

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