Google Placates the Public with Their Own Luxury Buses

Google's glistening fleet of employee coaches will soon be tainted by the presence of Everyman. In an effort to get ahead of concerns that the search giant is growing too quickly for Mountain View, Google is funding a free shuttle network to appease their detractors.

The network, which will operate around Mountain View and be available for anyone to use, aims to assuage fears that Google's corporate expansions will create traffic gridlock. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the program hopes to reduce the number of crosstown trips residents make in private vehicles.

The shuttle program is tentatively slated to kick off this fall with four 16-seat electric shuttles to run at 30-minute intervals from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mountain View was home to 77,846 people as of 2013. Mayor Chris Clark said that the program is not designed to be a public commuter system for all workers.

"This service isn't intended for commuting to work or school," Clark said in a city statement. "It's intended to make the things we love about Mountain View more accessible to the people who live and work here without putting more cars on the road to do it."

Mountain View is already part of a public busing network—the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. But Google felt their system would be better, expressing the need to create what the paper called "their own shuttle system outside of the region's notoriously slow and geographically limited public transit."

Other cities won't be so lucky. San Francisco, the epicenter of The Great Google Bus Revolt, will still be saddled with lumbering old Muni, all while Google forks over $3.55 to use its bus stops.

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