Ok, I was already amazed at the extravagant luxuries heaped upon Google employees, everything from a professional chef who fixes their lunches to volleyball courts to free on-site hair cuts. But I had no idea that Google was running its own bus transit system:
In Silicon Valley, a region known for some of the worst traffic in the nation, Google, the Internet search engine giant and online advertising behemoth, has turned itself into Google, the mass transit operator. Its aim is to make commuting painless for its pampered workers Ã¢â‚¬â€ and keep attracting new recruits in a notoriously competitive market for top engineering talent.
And Google can get a couple of extra hours of work out of employees who would otherwise be behind the wheel of a car.
The company now ferries about 1,200 employees to and from Google daily Ã¢â‚¬â€ nearly one-fourth of its local work force Ã¢â‚¬â€ 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 ownersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ laps if the buses run full.
I know that it would be an understatement to say that Google’s online advertising has been successful, but it’s almost hard to believe that they can shoulder this kind of expense. “They run 132 trips every day to some 40 pickup and drop-off locations in more than a dozen cities,” the article says, “crisscrossing six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area and logging some 4,400 miles.”
Unfortunately Google won’t discuss the cost of the program. It would have been interesting to know how much money they’re spending on a bus system that rivals any other company.
via rough type