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08/28/2012

September Vanpool Promotions don't miss out

Check out the great vanpool Promotions going on for the month September 2012 that is being offered by vRide/VPSI. Might be a great time to start that vanpool you always wanted:

VRide Tell a Friend Credit Promotion $400.00 cash or credit

When someones referral leads to a new vRide vanpool group, the person will receive $400 in cash or credit to their vRide account.

VRide Partner Promotion 50% off

Groups that start new vanpool groups in September will receive 50% off their first months fare.

vRide Quick Start Promotion $100/empty seat

Any potential groups that do not have sufficient riders to start will receive three fixed payments at $100 per empty seat for three consecutive months. The following minimum paying riders would be required by vehicle type; 7 passenger needs to have 3 paying riders and 12 passenger needs to have 8 paying riders.

Welcome Back to vRide Promotion 50% off

Any vRide vanpool group that terminated during 2011 or 2012 and returns in September would receive 50% off their first monthï¾’s fare.

Contact Kristina Valenzuela Caltech Employee Transportation Coordinator if you are interested, Kristina.Valenzuela@caltech.edu

08/07/2012

Carmageddon II coming Soon

The second 10-mile closure of the I-405, popularly known as "Carmagedden" is scheduled for Sept. 29-30, when contractors will demolish the remaining side of the Mulholland Bridge. To avoid potential gridlock in the greater Los Angeles region, motorists are urged to plan ahead, avoid the area, use Metrolink or Metro Rail, or eat,shop, or play locally. On Friday, Sept. 28, ramps between the I-10 and US 101 will begin to shut down as early as 7 p.m. Closure of individual freeway lanes will begin to 10 p.m. The closure is scheduled to continue until 5 a.m. Monday morning Oct. 1 (which also just happens to be the first day of California Rideshare Week). According to Metro, the potential for gridlock during the Carmageddon is greater than in 2011 because 1) last year's campaign to stay off the freeways was such a success that motorist may not take the closures seriously, and 2) the contractor has more demolition work to perform within the same 53 hour period, so an early reopening (as happened previously) is not likely. "Last year, we proved that Angelenos far and wide could rise to the occasion to turn Carmageddon into 'Carmaheaven' free of apocalyptic traffic congestion," said LA City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "We are again calling on the public to do its civic duty. Do not beome complacent." The I-405 is the nation's busiest freeway. Half a million motorists drive this portion of the freeway over a typical weekend. For the latest updates, go to metro.net/405

04/30/2012

Caltech Bike to Work Day on May 17

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sustainability Park on Wilson Ave., the Caltech Bike Fair will include snacks, backpack giveaways, a folding-bike relay race, and a bike scavenger hunt. Prizes will include a $50 gift card and a chance to win a year-long membership at Caltech BikeCage (worth $50). For more information, go to http://parking.caltech.edu/Transportation/Bike.

04/30/2012

Open Seats in Glendora II Vanpool—Try It Out Three Days for Free

Would you like to commute to work without the stress and cost of driving alone? Join a vanpool! Glendora II has an open seat. Not sure if it will work for you? Try vanpooling for three days for free! The Glendora II group meets at Walmart in Glendora. Work hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Estimated cost per month is $115/6 riders. Contact Kristina Valenzuela for additional details at 626-395-4729 or Kristina.Valenzuela@caltech.edu.

04/11/2012

Caltech Security officers apprehend career bike thief

On January 26, 2012 at approximately 1230pm, security officers responded to a bicycle theft at Braun Athletic Center. Upon arrival officers learned that a faculty member had challenged a male who appeared to be cutting a cable to a bike secured in front of the gym. The witness reported that the male calmly explained that the bike belonged to his sister who unfortunately had lost her key and he was forced to cut the lock. The witness then observed the suspect unworriedly ride the bike westbound from the area.

During the investigation security was approached by a female faculty member who reported that the bike in question was hers and that she did not give anyone permission to remove the bike. The Pasadena Police Department was notified and the suspect's physical description was provided to all Caltech officers for future reference.

Caltech Security Supervisors diligently discussed the increase in bicycle thefts with all uniform officers and emphasized that although the locations appeared random, that the method of operation was consistent with this latest theft. The theft of thirty two bicycles over the last six months has been an alarming trend and clearly a distraction to normal security operations.

On Friday, March 9, 2012 at approximately 1230 pm, Security Dispatch received a report of a suspicious male loitering near the bicycle rack in the Avery Courtyard Housing area. Officer Armando Duran immediately dispatched field officers, reporting clothing and physical information on the individual. Officer Frank Rodriguez responded and immediately located a subject fitting the physical and clothing description broadcast by Duran. Supervisor Luis Rubio arrived and approached the male fitting the description holding a bicycle and looking at other secured bikes. Officers John Huerta, Bob Lankford and Troy Villery arrived to assist.

The suspect, later identified as Keith Stan Garcia, was composed as he explained that he simply was smoking a cigarette and enjoying the campus. Garcia calmly explained that he never had been on the campus and when questioned about his bike, he assured the officers that it belonged to him.

Supervisor Rubio, during the interview, observed that Garcia was in possession of cutting tools commonly used by bike thieves. Rubio observed that Garcia fit the general description of the suspect in the January 26th theft. Garcia appeared a little too polished and unruffled in Rubio's opinion given the questions being asked. Rubio requested the assistance of the Pasadena Police Department to verify the legitimate owner of the bike in Garcia's possession. Arrangements were subsequently made for the witness to the theft at Braun Gym to view Garcia in a field lineup for elimination purposes. Garcia was positively identified and subsequently arrested and booked for felony grand theft. The investigation is continuing and undoubtedly will resolve many unsolved bicycle thefts on campus. Garcia is a career criminal and currently on probation for narcotic violations.

Officer Rubio is commended for his tenacity and his unwillingness to be outwitted or disarmed by a smooth talking seasoned street thug. Rubio is recognized for his ability to assess a situation quickly and evaluate his options rapidly. Officer Duran is commended for his thorough and detailed information gathering and his ability to keep the witness calm as he described the actions of the suspect. Officers Rodriguez, Huerta, Lankford and Villery are recognized for their instant response and officer safety tactics as they approached the scene.

All officers are praised for their ability to work as a team and to look after each other in a potentially dangerous setting. "Team work divides the task and multiplies the success".

11/29/2011

Electric Charging Stations installed at Caltech

As part of Caltech's commitment to encourage alternative transportation and support electric-vehicle commuters, three Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations are now available on campus through the Chargepoint Network. Two charging stations have been installed in the South Wilson parking structure, and one in the Holliston parking structure. The fee for use of the stations for the Caltech community is $1.25 per hour, with a $1 minimum. The general public will be charged $2 per hour, with a $1 minimum. Charging time is limited to 4 hours. The Caltech Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are meant to be "top-off" locations (not a primary charging location), so the time limit will allow for turnover throughout the day. A valid parking permit is required to park while charging the vehicle. All chargers are part of the ChargePoint Network, so users must be a member of the ChargePoint program.

To register your vehicle, come by the parking office at 515 S. Wilson second floor, to get your "Charge Pass" card. Please bring your Caltech ID when you register in order to receive the discounted rate. The Charge Pass card can be used at any ChargePoint Networked Charging Station including the 350+ stations throughout California. The card must be activated before it can be used. Activation instructions are included in the ChargePass packet you will receive when you register. You can set SMS and email alerts from your ChargePass account to advise you when:

  • Your vehicle is fully charged
  • Plug-Out Detection

Your ChargePass account will collect all usage history for your public charging with:

  • Start and End times
  • Energy (kWh) used
  • Greenhouse Gases Saved
  • Occupied Time
  • Location

Finding an available charging station to charge your electric vehicle is easy and fast from any browser or smart phone. Simply go to: mychargepoint.net and click Find Stations, or download the ChargePoint apps for your smart phone. For more information or questions contact Kristina.Valenzuela@caltech.edu.

11/03/2011

Public Workshop on Improving Service of Metro Line 177

All members of the community are invited to attend a workshop intended to provide suggestions for potential service improvements to Metro line 177. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on November 15 in the Union Station Room on the third floor of the Metro Gateway Building at One Gateway Plaza in Los Angeles. If you cannot attend this workshop, please feel free to send suggestions to servicechanges@metro.net no later than midnight on November 15.

10/18/2011

Caltech Annual Transportation Survey 2011

In accordance with the South Coast Air Quality Management District's regional clean air-quality requirements, Caltech is conducting a mandatory survey of employee commute modes for the week of October 10, 2011, through October 14, 2011. Those who complete their surveys by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 31, will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift card. This simple online survey takes only about two minutes. Please click here to complete your survey. Choose "off" if you were not scheduled to work. If you selected vacation, sick, or a compressed work schedule, you must still enter the time you would have come to work.

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