Following Ellen Ford’s Level 1 email to the Lab community opening a dialog about transportation on January 17, 2019, we received dozens and dozens of comments, questions, and suggestions. As these are too numerous to address individually, we developed this list of Frequently Asked Questions in response to the common themes we are hearing from you. We intend for this to be an ongoing dialog and the FAQ will evolve along with this conversation, so please continue to email [email protected] with your thoughts and questions.
The Lab’s Parking & Transportation website has a page dedicated to bikes that include a lot of useful information to support biking at LBNL, including route maps, shuttle options, and Lab shower locations. Several nearby bike shops, including Trek Bikes, frequently run promotions and offer discounts for e-bikes. And Rad Power Bikes even offers bikes for as low as $1500.
Yes! Thanks to a community suggestion, we’ve added a layer for bike racks and another for showers on the Lab’s Interactive Site Map. You can find these under Layers in the lower left corner.
Most e-bike batteries are portable and can be brought into your work area to charge instead of charging at the location where the bike is parked.
Your best option is probably taking Wildcat Canyon Road through Tilden Park. Another option is to take a bike path to a BART station, then taking BART and hopping on an LBNL shuttle. A couple of bike path options include the St. Stephens trail to the Orinda BART station and the Iron Horse trail to one of several BART stations.
Wage Works uses pre-tax dollars to pay for your transit cost, including bus, train, BART, and vanpool. Place an order for a set monthly amount, up to $270, to come out of your paycheck, and the money is deducted and applied to your choice of a transit smart card such as a Clipper card or AC Transit pass. Lab employees can also use Wageworks to pay for Uber rides. Unfortunately, Uber seems to have a rule that only 5+ passenger seat cars are eligible for Wageworks. Another option is 511.org, which offers subsidies of up to $350 per month per vanpool to get to work.
It’s a good thought, and we need to determine what’s realistic. Transportation is considered a personal expense under the Lab’s contract, so we have to find ways to incentivize that don’t involve federal funding. That said, the Lab is exploring opportunities for financial incentives that may be applicable through other agency opportunities.
Yes, the Lab has a flexible work option policy. Lab staff is encouraged to discuss options for balancing work-life needs with their supervisors.
This is an area that we are actively exploring, and plan to have an option tailored to Lab staff and guests available in summer 2019.
This is an interesting thought. One thing we will definitely do is change the Lab’s parking policy to better accommodate motorcycles in the next few months.
The Lab currently has 23 spaces dedicated to carpools until 10 a.m. on workdays. We’re actively monitoring the use of these spaces to assess demand and will adjust the number, locations, and hours based on our needs.
Yes, we will be leasing spaces at the Lawrence Hall of Science beginning in September 2019.
We’ve determined that building a parking garage is not feasible due to the high cost (approximately $50- 60,000 per space), environmental concerns, the topography of the site, and our community commitment to build only on previously developed sites. This option is further described in the Report of the Committee on Transportation and Parking in Support of Science, July 2015.
Yes, we will have attendant-assisted parking in the Blackberry Pit (Lot D) beginning in June 2019.
Yes and yes. If you are interested in parking at the Richmond Field Station, either to take Bear Transit or to carpool, please email [email protected]. UC Berkeley has asked that we provide names and vehicle information. And don’t forget to display your LBNL parking permit, or email [email protected] if you don’t have one.
Unfortunately, we’re unable to use LBNL shuttles to service these areas. Our funding is very restrictive on how we allocate funds for transportation solutions, and we’re constrained to the immediate area of the main LBNL campus and between LBNL facilities.
All great ideas! Beginning in May 2019, we added several stops on the Potter Street route and now start this route at 7:08 a.m.- an hour earlier than previously. While the route doesn’t stop right in front of the Amtrak station, the JBEI stop is a very short walk from the station.
We’re aware of the NextBus accuracy issues and are discussing it with our shuttle service. We’ll definitely have something better in place by FY20 under our new shuttle service contract.
Our routes are designed to maximize service to the surrounding Lab population. We’ll review the Lab’s population distribution, and, if warranted, adjust routes to include Grizzly Peak Boulevard.
The current Orange and Blue routes reflect the most efficient way to provide shuttle service to the Lab community, but we’re always exploring ways to better serve the Lab community’s transportation needs. Keep the suggestions coming.