Shuttle Disaster ?

While Bart was circulating a warning flyer this week saying that 11% of robberies on the rail system were iPod thefts, and perpetually late Muni looks to fine transfer-less miscreants, Saturday’s NY Times profiles one of the Bay Area’s most beloved transit programs, that being Google’s shuttle service. The fleet of wifi equipped bio-diesel busses run by Bauer limosines traverse 6 counties, a range larger than any regional transit service, and daily whisk over 1,200 Google employees to and fro.

One well coddled software engineering Cow Hollow resident tells the paper of record of the corporate perk

“If they cut the shuttle, it would be a disaster.”

Meanwhile, rumor has it that someone is still waiting for a cab, a bus, a horse and carriage, anything at 17th & DeHaro… since last Wednesday.

2 Comments so far

  1. Mark (unregistered) on March 10th, 2007 @ 8:20 am

    That NYT article solved a real mystery for me — those Bauer’s shuttles were ubiquitous on my 101 commute to Redwood City for the last two years, and in the evening you could see the laptop screens glowing softly through the darkly tinted windows. Then I would see them in Noe Valley, too, heading back toward the freeway. I should have known it was Google paying for them.

    What struck me about the photograph that accompanied the article on the front page of the NYT this morning was how depressed everyone looked about going to work. But if you look at the picture on the website version of the piece, it’s clear that people are simply reading.

  2. Mark (unregistered) on March 10th, 2007 @ 9:02 am

    And speaking of commuting, I just noticed this entry about something called Bus Day on the Chennai (India) metblog.

    What is “Bus Day”? Take a look at these two articles from The Hindu about this Chennai phenomenon: Bus Day, road user’s nightmare (March 3) and Fiesty but quieter Bus Day after police put on some curbs (March 10). Apparently “Bus Day” is a sort of flash-mob experience in which working-class men take over a city bus, including getting on the roof, pretty much just to let off steam.

    Imagine that happening on, say, the 38-Geary!

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