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Google Ferry joins Google Buses

The Google ferry was launched Jan. 6 at the Port of San Francisco for its inaugural trip to Redwood City, where Google workers would presumably be bussed to its Mountain View HQ. No word yet whether it was greeted by protests met by its buses in S.F.
January 9, 2014, 8am PST | Irvin Dawid
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Cole Chapman writes that "the ferry runs twice in the morning and twice at the end of the day." He indicates that the demonstrations, some of which have become destructive against the ubiquitous Google buses within San Francisco as they are seen as symbols of tech-driven gentrification, may have prompted the employer to seek less visible ways to transport its workers.

“We certainly don’t want to cause any inconvenience to SF residents and we’re trying alternative ways to get Googlers to work,” said Google in a statement provided to Re/code.

As noted here on Wednesday, Google and other operators of exclusive luxury buses transporting workers south to the Peninsula and Silicon Valley "will require permits and payments under a new 18-month pilot program." The San Francisco Chronicle editorialized on Wednesday, "One Google bus means 50 or more cars taken off the road, transit experts estimate. But the lumbering, dark-tinted vehicles dawdle at Muni bus stops, straddle driving lanes and are a handy stand-in for the numerous ills that afflict San Francisco life, circa 2014.

According to the KPIX broadcast, unlike the region's congested highways, there's plenty of unused capacity on San Francisco Bay, and the Port appeared to welcome the new business. Allen Martin of KPIX writes that "the Triumphant holds 149 passengers (and) the ride takes about 47 minutes each way."

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Published on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 in SF Gate: The Tech Chronicles
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