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09/26/2018

Rideshare Week 2018

It's Rideshare Week 2018!

When: Monday, October 1 – Friday, October 5
Where: Everywhere
Who: You!

The first week of October marks Rideshare Week. Let's all work together on reducing our environmental impact as we commute to campus. You can participate by:

  • Biking to campus
  • Utilizing the Pasadena Transit bus pass, available for only $10 at The Store in Millikan
  • Utilizing the Metro U-Pass, available to students
  • Creating a carpool with a fellow employee who lives nearby

For further information, go to Caltech's Rideshare Programs or contact Todd Swart at (626) 395-8877 or by email at todd.swart@caltech.edu.

09/24/2018

EV Charging Transitioning to Paid

The Adaptive Charging Network (ACN) for electric vehicles at Caltech's California Parking Structure has been a research project in Professor Steven Low's Netlab. The project has been collecting anonymized statistics (such as arrival time, departure time, energy charged, charging rates, etc.) to help develop algorithms for adaptive scheduling, learning and analytics, and software to optimize the charging infrastructure. During this time, the cost of electricity and the construction of the charging infrastructure have been covered by the Netlab project as well as by a Caltech start-up, PowerFlex, for users to freely charge their EVs. The project is now transitioning to commercial operation with PowerFlex providing the EV charging service. Netlab will continue to have access to anonymized statistics for research purposes.

The commercial operation is expected to begin November 1, 2018. Thereafter, all charging dispensers in the California Parking Structure will turn on only via the PowerFlex mobile app. EV drivers can download the PowerFlex mobile app from the iOS or Android app store to create a personal account. The cost of charging is a flat rate of $0.12 per kWh and will be collected via the PowerFlex mobile app. This rate covers the cost of electricity only. Additional parking fees apply. All users are required to display a valid Caltech parking permit.

Between now and November 1, 2018, when commercial operation begins, the default session energy—the energy drivers receive by plugging in their car and walking away—will gradually decrease to encourage everyone to use the mobile app. Once the transition concludes, EV drivers need to deposit funds (minimum of $10) via credit card to pay for their charging sessions in the California Parking Structure.

In addition to gaining access to EV charging at Caltech, PowerFlex app users will also have access to many PowerFlex charging stations at JPL, in Pasadena, and throughout the state.  For additional information, please contact PowerFlex at support@powerflex.com

08/08/2018

Caltech's Metro Bike Share stations to close starting August 16th

The City of Pasadena has withdrawn from the LA Metro Bike Share program and will be removing the stations across the city starting in August. The Caltech East and West stations will be removed beginning Thursday August 16th.  Caltech's Sustainability and Commuter Services Offices plan to work with the city as Pasadena explores replacement options, including dockless bike and scooter systems.  For more information about Caltech's alternative transportation programs, please visit: http://www.parking.caltech.edu/Transportation

03/29/2018

Join us for Caltech's Earth Week 2018 Events (Schedule at earthday.caltech.edu)

Join the Caltech community for a week of informative and inspiring events in celebration of Earth Day (April 16 - April 20). Click Here for the full schedule of events!

We have a variety of activities planned during the week including speaker seminars (food included) on topics ranging from climate science to urban agriculture, opportunities to engage with local environmental organizations, movie screenings and much more!

Visit www.earthday.caltech.edu for more details.
We hope to see you there! Contact sustainability@caltech.edu with any questions.

02/14/2018

Electric Vehicle Charging – Input Requested from Caltech Community

Caltech Facilities is conducting a survey regarding commuting behavior and the use of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles on campus to help inform Institute planning for future parking and infrastructure needs.  The anonymous survey is quick to complete (5-10 minutes) and your feedback will be an essential component of the planning process.  Responses from all vehicle users, regardless of the type of car you drive, are requested.   Survey respondents will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card.

If you have any additional questions or comments regarding electric vehicle charging infrastructure at Caltech, or have difficulty accessing or completing the survey, please contact us at sustainability@caltech.edu.  For more information about commuter services and alternative transportation programs at Caltech, please visit: www.parking.caltech.edu/Transportation


Thank you for your participation.

02/12/2018

Metro 177 new peak only 30-minute frequency from Caltech to JPL

Metro 177 new peak only 30-minute frequency from Caltech to JPL

Metro Line 177 has a new peak only bi-directional route & schedule with 30-minute frequency from Caltech to JPL. Service will operate along Del Mar Blvd. instead of California Blvd. in Pasadena and along Foothill Blvd to and from the 210 fwy.

See Caltech Commuter Services for details and route information click Transit

 

08/24/2017

Metro Bike Share is at Caltech

Metro Bike Share is a new transportation system that is currently operated in Downtown Los Angeles with 61 stations and over 700 bicycles available for check out for easy, and convenient point to point trips.

Two Bike stations are on campus. Caltech East, located on San Pasqual and Holliston, and Caltech West located on Wilson and San Pasqual. Metro Bike Share is a great way to get to and from Metro Bus and Rail. Bike sharing is a fun option for exploring areas of the city that are too far to walk to, but to close for driving, train, or bus. Two ways to pay, in person or online. Rent it. Ride it. Return it to any station. Download the Metro Bike Share mobile app for iPhone and Android devices, which provides real-time availability and locations of stations and bikes.

Pricing

Monthly Pass $20.00/month

Flex Pass

$40.00/year

Walk up

$3.50/30 minutes

Free rides for a month. Use promo code RIDEPASADENA2017. Sign up at bikeshare.metro.net/ridepasadena2017

More info

For pass sales, station map. or more info go to Metro.Net/Bikeshare. To join the mailing list email Support@bikeshare.metro.net or call/text (844) 857-2453, or Kristina.Valenzuela@caltech.edu

08/24/2017

Ride Pasadena Transit for Free

Travel throughout Pasadena with FREE unlimited rides on Pasadena Transit. Just TAP your card and go! The pass is good between August 24 -December 24, 2017. Go to the Caltech Store for details or contact Kristina.Valenzuela@caltech.edu. Students will get a chip for their UID. Staff and Faculty can get the year loaded on a TAP card at the Bookstore.

Check www.pasadenatransit.net for schedule and rel time arrival information apps and maps.

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