Bay Bridge Closure: Your Alternative Transportation Options

BAY BRIDGE NOW CLOSED!

The Bay Bridge — western and eastern spans — is scheduled to close tonight at 8pm Wednesday, August 28th, and reopen to traffic at 5am, Tuesday, September 3rd.

Alternatives 

Bay Area Bridges

The San Mateo-Hayward, Richmond-San Rafael, Golden Gate, and Dumbarton Bridges will all be open. Motorists should allow extra time for travel when using other bridges. You wont be the only one with this alternative idea!

BART Open 24 Hours a Day

BART will be open while the Bay Bridge is closed over Labor Day weekend. BART will run trains on a 24 hour basis beginning the night of Wednesday, August 28th until the night of Monday, September 2nd. BART resumes normal weekday service at about 4 am on Tuesday,  September 3rd.

Bike to BART

Ride your bike to your local BART station and bring your bike with you on the train any time. From July 1, 2013 to December 1, 2013 commute period restrictions will be modified and bikes will be allowed on all trains and in all stations at all times.  During commute hours, bikes are not allowed in the first three cars of any train.

Bike Shuttle Service

During the 2013 Bay Bridge closure, a special Bike Shuttle service will be offered from Thursday, August 29th through Monday, September 2nd. Click here for more details.

Carpooling

Carma helps you do a good deed and share your commute with a coworker. Use the smart phone based program to find a rider. Register and download the app to your phone.

Vanpooling

Share your commute details and help create a new vanpool or join an existing vanpool to work with vRide.  511 Rideshare can also help commuters find or start a carpool or vanpool.  Upon receiving your commute matches, simply contact the people on the list to make your arrangements. You can also call 511 and say “Rideshare” to get set up.

Need additional help planning your commute or arrival? Be sure to visit 511.org or call 511 for real time traffic conditions, detour routes and public transportation alternatives.

Or give Synergy a call at (800) 600-1115 and we will be happy to assist you!

Safe Travels!

Synergy Spotlight

New Faces at Synergy!

Learn a bit about three new Synergy team members spotlighted here.

LauraWilliamson

Laura is a Las Vegas native with extensive experience in the hospitality industry, beginning her career in corporate housing in 1985. She  held escalating positions throughout her tenure with one of the nation’s largest corporate housing providers before joining Synergy this year. 28 years in this industry has taught her to listen to the customer, execute and deliver excellence in service by team collaboration and contribution.

A mother of one wonderful college-age son, currently residing in Los Angeles and will oversee the SoCal Operations. Laura is excited about her new role with Synergy and being a part of this dynamic family!

WinniVdPWinni joins Synergy with over 28 years of experience in the corporate housing industry, the later 15 of those years in Relocation. Winni also joins our Los Angeles team and will be focusing on building new relationships and fostering current ones with Synergy’s relocation partners.

Born in California, Winni is 1st generation Dutch and can speck Dutch fluently. Living in Long Beach, she spends her time with family, friends, gardening and decorating. She says she had always heard how great and wonderful Synergy is to work for and be a part of.

LawrenceO

Lawrence Olson debuts with Synergy as a Guest Service Representative in Synergy’s San Diego office.  A native San Diegan, Lawrence brings a wealth knowledge to the Synergy team with expertise in hospitality and operations. Lawrence’s extensive travel throughout the US  enables him to identify Synergy as Best-in-Class when it comes to service and guest experience. Lawrence joins his sister Christie who is already a part of the San Diego sales team and together they are a dynamic family.

In his spare time Lawrence is a car enthusiast and enjoys tinkering with his car. In the kitchen Lawrence takes on Emeril Lagasse with his secret sauce for homemade spaghetti.

Welcome to the Synergy Family!

International Corporate Housing : An Infographic

UK based magazine Re:locate recently published an article online about how serviced apartments – what Europe and most countries outside the US refer to as their fully furnished apartments – drive savings for corporate stays over hotels. Now this may not be something new to our clients in California or throughout the US but this may a new concept when it comes to using temporary housing internationally.

The article sources an infographic developed by SilverDoor, a UK based serviced apartment provider and trusted partner of Synergy, which outlines the rising costs of hotels all over the world and the benefits of using serviced apartments as a hotel alternative. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Have you ever thought about using a Synergy apartment for your international travelers instead of a hotel?

Synergy currently serves our clients in over 32 countries across the globe and is committed to broaden our service area to new markets in order to serve our clients. We take pride in our due diligence process when choosing providers to partner with worldwide. Synergy’s philosophy is to partner rather than source and to build and nurture those relationships. This enables us to provide the same high quality service and product any where in the world. Synergy often starts this due diligence process with trips to the places where our clients have needs. In fact, our Senior Global Account Executive Colin just took a trip to Zurich to do just that (keep a look out for a future post on this!). This trip will give the Synergy team hands-on experience in the area and enable us to provide our clients with the best accommodation as well as advice on transportation and more.

Let us know what you think about serviced apartments abroad and their impact to your budget. Don’t forget to check out all of our international accommodations by visiting our website!

ServicedApart-infographic