The K1 (cafeteria) parking lot will close Thursday evening. All traffic will be frozen on the Hill starting at 11 a.m. on Friday. Access via Strawberry Gate to Building 85 and up, and Blackberry Gate below the traffic circle will remain open. All roads and lots will reopen around 1:15 p.m. The Bikearound will start at 11:30 a.m.
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.
The section of Lawrence Road under the Centennial Bridge is currently closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.The Orange Shuttle Route will stop at Building 74/84, but not the Building 62/66 stop. Those who need to reach this area should use the Blue Route bus. Length of closure is still uncertain at this time. Updates will be posted in TABL.
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.
To help alleviate crowding on shuttle buses in the morning, drivers of Potter St. vans have been instructed to make pick-ups of passengers along Hearst Ave. who were unable to board already full Blue route buses. Riders are asked to wave clearly to the van drivers so they know to make a pick up. Van passengers can be dropped off at the Bldg. 65 or 90 stops.
The Lab shuttle bus stop formerly located at the southwest corner of Oxford and Hearst, which was moved to accommodate construction of the Energy Biosciences Building, has been reactivated. The temporary stop at University and Oxford is now closed. The move was prompted by feedback from riders.
To accommodate construction in the area, the Lab shuttle stop just west of Bancroft St. and Telegraph Ave. has been moved east side of the intersection, adjacent to Sproul Hall. The construction is expected to continue until Fall 2015.
A UC Berkeley football game on Friday will block Centennial Road near the stadium beginning at 3 p.m. and continuing until an hour after the game. Those exiting from the Grizzly and Strawberry Gates must travel uphill during this time. Gayley and Piedmont roads will be closed between Hearst and Channing Way from 4 p.m. to one hour after the game. The Orange shuttle will stop running at 3 p.m. and the Rockridge shuttle will run every 30 minutes starting at Bldg. 66, picking up at Strawberry Gate, 48 Fire House, Guest House and Bldg. 65 before exiting Blackberry Gate for Rockridge Bart. The Blue shuttle will not change but expect delays.
With construction in that area now complete, the bus stop at the Building 74 complex, near Strawberry Gate, is back in service. Also a new stop has been added to the Bevatron parking lot. The stop is called “Building 51” and is serviced on both uphill and downhill routes.
The bus stop formerly located at the south end of Building 48 (next to the Lab Fire Station) will move to the front of that building starting Monday, April 16. The move is required to facilitate the demolition and reconstruction of the Fire Station. This stop is serviced by the Blue downhill route only.