Google pitches big plans to Mountain View City Council
Original post made on Jan 24, 2013
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on Jan 24, 2013 at 9:08 am
The suggestion by the Mountain View City Council that Google create
a local rapid-transit shuttle service between its headquarters, NASA,
and Downtown Mountain View is excellent. A privately-financed system
would work wonders for the traffic that will ensue if Google's real
estate expansion plans go into effect.
I assume that such a system would be privately financed by Google (and NASA, should NASA agree) and would be available to all potential riders in
the area -- whether or not they are going to the workplace. Moreoever,
creating a Google-financed rapid transit system would requre approval
by the City Council -- but would NOT need lengthy approval processes
by the public and would NOT cost our citizenry tax dollars.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm
I am beginning to think that this is the way of the future - privately owned transportation systems owned by large employers who offer their employees free or low cost transportation but are willing to take the public also for a small fee. We know that it works for the Stanford Marguerite. Other companies are shuttling workers around the Peninsula and even across the Bay, meeting Caltrain and BART.
We have the Palo Alto shuttle too, how its funding continues is a bit of a mystery to me, but charging a fee and expanding the service would make a lot of sense, particularly on the school routes.
We have lost facebook who just may have done something similar here. Perhaps one of our other large employers will eventually do something in Palo Alto.
on Jan 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm
It sure would have been nice to see some of these maps instead of photos of existing buildings.