Transportation to/from Toolik
- Overview of Travel to/from TFS
- Science Support Truck
- Prudhoe Bay Toolik Taxi
- Dalton Highway Express
- Rental Vehicle
Local Toolik Transportation
Science Support Truck
Science Support Truck Information
** During the busiest parts of the summer, Toolik may also charter a DHE run. Seats on this Toolik-managed DHE van will be reserved through the regular Toolik science truck reservation system, and it will depart and return to the Toolik Logistics Trailer like a normally scheduled science truck run. **
Northbound trucks leave at 9am from the Toolik Logistics Trailer on the UAF campus; southbound trucks return to this location. The trailer is behind the Reichardt Building (900 Yukon Dr); Atco trailer #3. Passengers need to arrange their own transportation to the Logistics Trailer; please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early for an orientation and completion of any necessary paperwork. In the absence of a scheduled passenger, the truck will not be delayed past 9:30am. The trip to Toolik usually takes from 8-12 hours depending on road conditions, traffic, and construction.
The trip between Fairbanks and the Toolik Field Station is about 360 miles and is very remote with limited or no services. Challenging conditions are often encountered on the drive, including, but not limited to: mud, ice, snow, washboard, dust, heavy industrial traffic, fog, smoke, soft shoulders, and steep grades. Passengers must be prepared to travel slowly, yield to industrial traffic, and change flat tires. While these vehicles (one ton diesel or gasoline crewcab pickups with enclosed toppers) are well equipped for Dalton Highway travel, not everyone is comfortable driving in these conditions. The scheduled truck runs do not automatically include a driver, rather passengers share driving responsibilities during the trip. Researchers age 25 and over without any significant driving violations are eligible to drive the Toolik science trucks. Any passenger that is uncomfortable or ineligible to share driving responsibilities should notify Toolik Logistics when making their reservation. If a truck is without any eligible, experienced, or willing drivers, efforts will be made to arrange for one. All drivers will need to complete a release of driving record form (Driving Record Form), supply a copy of their driver's license, and receive a driving orientation. This will be done the morning of the trip.
Passengers are advised to pack ample food and drink for the drive. There are limited food options along the route, and not all groups choose to stop for meals. Cargo space in cabs of the trucks is extremely limited and luggage will need to ride in the topper (garbage bags are provided to protect luggage from dust). Space will be provided for two personal bags for each passenger. Scheduled truck runs are used to deliver general Toolik freight, so cargo space is limited. If you will have more than two bags, or any large or bulky items, please contact Toolik Logistics in advance.