In January 2019, we started a series of emails to communicate about an important subject to all of us at the Lab: transportation, commuting, and parking.
The email opened with:
It’s no secret that parking on the hill is tough, and as we continue to grow with new opportunities for scientific and infrastructure development, it’s going to get tougher. While that growth is exciting, it also means more construction, more people, and more vehicles.
Since that time, exciting opportunities have come to the Lab in the form of infrastructure upgrades and new scientific facilities; however, parking will continue to be a challenge as these projects evolve over the next several years. The Lab remains committed to balancing the need to get people to and from the Lab with the ongoing site maintenance and construction of new facilities so important for enabling all of us to serve the research and scientific mission of the Lab.
Last year, a key component of the Lab’s transportation program was to hire a transportation manager, and seven months ago John Chernowski, who has worked at the Lab for 23 years, accepted the opportunity to fill that vital role. Since that time, he has continued to build out the Lab’s transportation program with more shuttles, more commute options, and more parking spaces. We have been able to act on many of your suggestions and will continue to do so as the Lab’s needs evolve.
Because parking will always be a challenge, we are focused on an ever-growing list of transportation options to help employees choose alternatives to solo vehicle commuting. The Lab has added parking spaces, assisted parking, carpool spaces, shuttle routes, rideshare options, and additional resources for bicyclists. Read all about the commute options available to get you to and from work.
We have added a new regional commute map to the Lab’s Interactive Map, a handy reference to review and compare your commute options at a glance.
Partnering with the Lab’s Transportation Advisory Committee and Facilities’ Engineering, we have initiated efforts to use our current parking footprint more efficiently and maybe even create a few additional spaces. Your feedback during the last year has been invaluable in helping us to identify and implement opportunities for us to act on. Please keep the suggestions and ideas coming. If you have thoughts about how we can improve the way we use our available LBNL footprint, or other suggestions to help the Lab manage our transportation challenges, please send them to [email protected].
Thank you for your assistance in transforming the way we all commute to work.
Deputy Chief Operating Officer