This is SORMA West 2016 legacy information made available to give you an idea of what SORMA West 2020 will be like.
SORMA West 2016 will be held at the University of California-Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Campus, which is at the southeast corner of the main campus. The address is 2601 Warring Street, Berkeley, CA 94720. Here is an interactive Google map showing exactly where to go, and below is a picture. See also the page “Some Practical Matters.”
Budget-friendly rooms are available on the Clark Kerr Campus, as detailed in the Lodging section of this website, or you can choose from nearby hotels.
Please consider taking public transit, or a taxicab or shuttle, rather than a personal or rental car. Parking at Clark Kerr Campus is limited and requires a permit, available through the conference registration website at $100 for the conference period. On-street parking in this busy campus-perimeter area is in short supply and is subject to an attentively policed two-hour time limit. We discourage attendees from bringing a car.
Getting to the Bay Area and then Berkeley
Berkeley is in the San Francisco Bay Area. Two major airports serve this part of the Bay Area: OAK (Oakland) and SFO (San Francisco). BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit train system, is a quick, convenient, inexpensive way to get to Berkeley from either OAK or SFO.
The Bay Area’s third major airport, SJC (San Jose), is much further south and not conveniently connected to us via public transit.
Taking BART to Berkeley
The BART website has an online trip planner that creates your itinerary, as well as rider guides for SFO and for OAK.
The OAK trip involves an eight-minute, $6 ride on an elevated railway dedicated to connecting the airport and the nearest BART station, Coliseum.
BART ticket machines in the stations accept cash and give change, and accept credit cards.
The destination on BART would usually be the Downtown Berkeley station on the Richmond line. For some, the Rockridge station on the Pittsburg/Bay Point line may be more convenient.
Getting from Downtown Berkeley BART to Clark Kerr Campus
Many attendees would opt for a taxicab ride from Downtown Berkeley BART to Clark Kerr Campus; alternatives are the UC Berkeley Perimeter Shuttle ($1 for the general public, 15 minutes, level ~2000 foot walk to Clark Kerr Campus from the nearest stop), or the AC Transit #79 bus ($2.10, 12 minutes).
Walking from Downtown Berkeley BART to Clark Kerr Campus is a substantially uphill 1.5 miles.
Alternate Itinerary: the Rockridge BART Station
Because of the Clark Kerr Campus’s location at the southeast corner of the UC campus, the Rockridge BART station is also a good alternative for attendees who come in on the Pittsburg/Bay Point line.
To get to Rockridge BART from SFO, take a train bound for Concord or Pittsburg-Bay Point. To get there from OAK, go to the Coliseum station; take a train bound for Richmond; then, in the 12th Street-Oakland City Center or the MacArthur station, transfer to a train bound for Concord or Pittsburg-Bay Point.
Taxicabs wait on the north side of College Avenue at that station.
The AC Transit #79 bus is an economical alternative between Rockridge BART and Clark Kerr Campus. Note that the #79 passes by the Claremont Hotel, where some attendees might choose to stay, on the way to Clark Kerr Campus.
Airport Shuttle Service
A door-to-door shuttle is another popular option to and from SFO or OAK. (When interpreting shuttle-bus maps and tables, keep in mind that Oakland is in Alameda County, part of the “East Bay” region.) BayPorter and SuperShuttle are among the popular choices. A round trip to Clark Kerr Campus on a shared door-to-door shuttle is about $60 from OAK and $70 from SFO, not including gratuity.
A taxi ride from SFO approaches $100 each way.