Key details include 30 designated parking spots on the Hill from 5 to 9:30 a.m., eligibility for two-person-per-car commuters, and no separate carpool parking permit required. Use Zimride to connect with other Lab employees. These revisions were implemented to help mitigate parking shortfalls due to IGB construction this fall. More>
Got a bike but never ride it? Consider dusting it off, because Bike to Work Day is coming to the
Bay Area this Thursday, May 12. To help you get ready we put together a list of tips with the help
of veteran bike commuters Annette Greiner (NERSC), David Brown (Physics Division), and Martin
Kunz (Advanced Light Source). More>
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>
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.
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.
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>
[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>
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.
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.