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City of Berkeley Transportation Division

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Berkeley, CA  94704

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What is goBerkeley?

goBerkeley (formerly B-TAP, the Berkeley Transportation Action Plan) is a three-year pilot program in the City of Berkeley designed to improve the ease of traveling within key areas of the city. The pilot study is federally-funded and will explore and test methods of reducing local traffic congestion, improving parking options, and promoting alternatives to driving one's own car in three of Berkeley's commercial areas.

Goals
  • More transportation options
  • Less traffic congestion
  • Cleaner air
  • Easier and more efficient parking
Pilot Timeframe
  • 2012 - 2015

Where is goBerkeley?

The goBerkeley pilot program is focused on Downtown Berkeley, Telegraph/Southside and Elmwood. Find out more about each neighborhood and what's going on locally by clicking on the tabs.

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goBerkeley Frequently Asked Questions

What is goBerkeley?

goBerkeley is a three-year pilot program that seeks to improve your day-to-day travel in Downtown Berkeley, Telegraph/Southside and The Elmwood. The program will test ways to reduce traffic congestion through promoting transit, cycling and walking; and improved parking conditions.

Who is goBerkeley?

goBerkeley is led by the City of Berkeley’s Department of Public Works in partnership with AC Transit, City CarShare and TransForm.

What does goBerkeley do?

Engaging community
Collect feedback - from the public, stakeholders, residents, businesses and visitors on changes to transportation access in and around Downtown Berkeley.
Inform policy - based on comprehensive data related to parking demand and usage patterns.

Parking convenience
Improve street parking - by making spaces available where and when you need one.
Provide longer time limits - in certain areas to better match the needs of specific neighborhoods.
Provide better information for drivers - about where to find parking, how long you can park, and how much it costs.

Travel choices
Educate - the public about the range of transportation modes, such as walking, biking, transit, and carsharing.

Transit
Encourage transit - by providing free one-year passes on AC Transit to employees in each of the study areas.

Carsharing
Encourage carsharing - by adding more City CarShare locations and vehicles and providing discounted and/or free memberships.

What areas are included in goBerkeley?

Downtown Berkeley
Telegraph/Southside
The Elmwood District

What are the major elements of goBerkeley?

There are two:
1) Multi-modal Access: The first step was to encourage people to leave their cars behind – we did this by offering free AC Transit Passes and discounted City CarShare memberships to residents and businesses in our pilot areas. The program was extremely popular. (The goBerkeley AC Transit pass program is full – please read “Am I eligible for a free AC Transit Pass?”.)

2) Parking Management: goBerkeley will improve the likelihood of finding a parking space by:
a. Increasing OR decreasing parking rates to keep 1-2 spaces free per block, so you can always find a space where you’re going.
b. Extending time limits, so you can complete your business without rushing or worrying about a parking ticket
c. Providing better information about parking through signage and websites, so you can make more informed decisions about where to park

How does goBerkeley help drivers?

One of the goals of goBerkeley is to make finding a parking space easier – by ensuring that there is an available space where you’re going and by making it easier to find it:
• Parking rates will be adjusted to target 1-2 spaces per block
• Parking signs will be improved to be more visible and easier to understand.
• Parking time limits are being extended throughout the study areas to 2, 3, 4 or 8 hours!

That means less time searching for a space and more time enjoying yourself in Berkeley.

I don’t drive. What are the benefits for pedestrians and bicyclists?

When drivers don’t have to circle for parking spaces, there’s less traffic, which means lower emissions and safer streets for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Which meters and garages are covered by goBerkeley?

• All on-street meters (including Pay and Display Stations and Single-Space meters) within the pilot areas in Downtown Berkeley, Telegraph/Southside and Elmwood.
• Center Street Garage, Oxford Garage, and Telegraph/Channing Garage.
• Berkeley Way Parking Lot and Elmwood Parking Lot

Is goBerkeley a way for the City to raise revenue?

No, goBerkeley is a program designed to improve parking conditions by adjusting parking rates and time limits - not raise revenue.

Has the goBerkeley approach to parking management been tested elsewhere?

Yes, the underlying principle for goBerkeley is “demand-responsive parking management” – similar programs are underway in cities around the United States like Seattle, Los Angeles and New York. Closer to home, San Francisco, Redwood City, Old Pasadena and Ventura are running similar programs in California. You can check out more information about San Francisco’s pilot at www.sfpark.org. So far, these programs have been considered a success!

Could goBerkeley discourage people from visiting businesses in Berkeley?

Our goal is just the opposite! By making it easier to get to your favorite destinations we think people will come to Berkeley more often.
Our team worked closely with local businesses before goBerkeley started adjusting parking policies. We also asked local employees and visitors what they needed and how we could help. We think we have a plan that will improve access to Berkeley’s businesses. We will evaluate the impact of this program and make recommendations to City Council about if and how each aspect of the program should be continued in the future.

How will goBerkeley address “spillover” into residential areas?

We will be tracking parking conditions in neighborhood streets around the commercial areas in our pilot areas to determine whether “spillover”, or drivers avoiding meters by parking on residential streets, is occurring. If we detect “spillover”, we’ll work with the police department to increase traditional enforcement and/or deploy more efficient enforcement technology.

How will goBerkeley address UC Berkeley special event parking issues?

goBerkeley will collect data during the school year and on special event days. We’ll be using that information to help adjust the goBerkeley policies.

Are there plans for real-time parking information through mobile “apps” and the web?

No, goBerkeley will not be providing real-time parking information. However, we will be able to post parking pattern information so you have an idea of what your chances are of finding a parking space.

I didn’t attend the open house workshops but I still want my opinion heard. Where can I see the presentation material and voice my opinions?

If you’re interested in finding out more about the goBerkeley open house workshops visit http://goberkeley.info/event.php. After looking at the presentation material feel free to tell us what you think by responding to our survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/goberkeley-openhouse.

When are the goBerkeley parking changes coming?

The first round of changes is scheduled for Fall 2013.

My business is located in a goBerkeley study area. How can I find out more about AC Transit passes for my employees?

Currently, we have distributed all of the free AC Transit passes. More information about regularly discounted AC Transit EasyPasses is available at http://www.actransit.org/rider-info/easypass/.

How can I receive future information updates about goBerkeley?

Feel free to visit the goBerkeley website for program updates at goBerkeley.info and click on “Sign up” at the top right to receive email updates.

How can I reach the goBerkeley team?

Email us at goBerkeley@cityofberkeley.info. We’d love to hear from you.