On the morning of July 23, a Blue Route bus was hit on Hearst Ave. by another driver that crossed over the double yellow line. The bus driver swerved to avoid a head-on collision. The bus was damaged all along its left side. The bus driver was taken to Health Services for evaluation. The two bus passengers were not injured. An investigation is under way.
One of the new buses, which feature a new exterior design and wider entry for more convenient boarding, will be on display in the Building 65 parking lot. The bus wrap was designed by Public Affairs Creative Services. As part of the shuttle service contractual agreement, shuttles are replaced periodically.
Protective Services is testing a new system whereby a security officer will board uphill buses at Strawberry and Blackberry gates to check ID badges or visitor passes of all passengers. Those without proper credentials will be asked to disembark. To ensure your visitors can access the Lab, use the Visitor Pass Request System. More>
Celebrate the contributions of the Lab’s bus drivers, and other transit operators you encounter, with a simple, smile, wave, or thank you. Go here for more information and to print out a personalized thank-you card.
The bus stop at Building 62/66 will be temporarily relocated from March 7 to 11. Blue riders can catch the bus at the Building 67/72 stop. Orange riders can walk to the Building 74 stop, or take a Blue bus at the 67/72 stop and get off at 74 stop to connect with an Orange bus. Map>
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.