Google Transit Authority

There’s an amusing story in tomorrow’s Times about the free shuttle service Google runs to cart its pampered employees to and from work every day. The scale and sophistication of the operation are impressive:

The company now ferries about 1,200 employees to and from Google daily — nearly one-fourth of its local work force — aboard 32 shuttle buses equipped with comfortable leather seats and wireless Internet access. Bicycles are allowed on exterior racks, and dogs on forward seats, or on their owners’ laps if the buses run full …

The shuttles, which carry up to 37 passengers each and display no sign suggesting they carry Googlers, have become a fixture of local freeways. They run 132 trips every day to some 40 pickup and drop-off locations in more than a dozen cities, crisscrossing six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area and logging some 4,400 miles …

At Google headquarters, a small team of transportation specialists monitors regional traffic patterns, maps out the residences of new hires and plots new routes — sometimes as many as 10 in a three-month period — to keep up with ever surging demand.

I’m guessing that at Google the buses run on time.

Alas, the rides themselves seem pretty dull. On one recent afternoon shuttle, reports the Times, “except for a couple snuggled together, no one sat on adjacent seats. Many took out iPods or laptops and worked, surfed the Web or watched videos.” You’d think they’d at least be able to get a decent Yahtzee game going.

2 thoughts on “Google Transit Authority

  1. Condo

    Yahtzee? Maybe I’m missing the joke but I thought they’d more likely be game for Virtual Twister.

  2. Kazaparu

    I would be interested to know how Google is more innovative than any Indian IT/BPO company managing 20 times volume in more congested Indian roads.

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