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  •  Highly recommended!!!! (3+ / 0-)

    As a mom of two of those Google commuters and a resident of SF, I see both sides of this issue.  My boys are living and spending their $ in SF, leave the car at GoogleLand and travel nearly all the time by Google Bus to go to and from work and Muni and BART for the rest of their life.  They only take the car out of the Google parking lot if they are going away for the weekend.  So I appreciate all the cars that are NOT on the road when I have to drive in SF; but I hate the Muni stops being overrun at prime commute time.

    Tech workers who work on the Peninsula but live in SF add value to SF by spending most of their money here, including property and sales tax, which is good.  I don't like what their living here has done to the cost of housing, though.

    I have a proposal for Google: to take the edge off the disruption the big buses cause, Google should just provide free wifi to the City like they have in Mountain View.  It would be cheap goodwill and cheap advertising.

    Just a thought.

    •  Thanks for sharing, dksbrook (3+ / 0-)
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      I think it's really important to hear everyone's story, and that even though we talk about The Google Bus as some sort of a monolithic thing, there are many different stories and personal situations woven into the fabric. I also have friends who commute on these buses, and I don't hate them or think less of them (although it's fun to give them a hard time in good sport every now and then:-). Everyone knows it's not a perfect situation, and only the most tone deaf (or libertarian) ones would say there's no problem whatsoever with so much wealth moving in so quickly.

      While the free wifi idea is pretty good, I don't think it really addresses the issue. I'd rather see them spend their money on opening an office in the city, or implementing a free shuttle service of smaller, lighter shuttles that would take workers (and perhaps the public?) to a more limited number of stops for the big long-distance shuttles.

      Ecology is the new Economy

      by citisven on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 05:21:07 PM PDT

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      •  Smaller shuttles (0+ / 0-)

        Once you add in modality transfers, expect use of public transit to drop off.  It would definitely help with the buses overwhelming everywhere else, though.

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