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Google set to expand ferry to East Bay

Original post made on Jan 23, 2014

Google has been testing a ferry boat service as it looks for ways to bring a growing number of its employees to Mountain View without worsening traffic and air pollution.

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Posted by OK
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I like the idea, just make sure they don't say "We need to build a new bridge over Stevens Creek if we're going to do this."

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Posted by PA Resident
a resident of another community
on Jan 23, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Has Google considered a hovercraft?

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Hovercraft do not need deep water as they hover on a cushion of air above the water. They would be able to run up a boat ramp in Mountain View and Google bikes could get the employees to their buildings. They would not be negotiating 101 so traffic would not cause them problems. They are faster than ferries and make more sense than ferries that need to be met by a bus.

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Posted by Roman
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Do these Google people who are supposed to be highly intelligent have any idea of what they are doing or even want?
They just repeatidly throw $$$$$$ at this issue with "zero" plan.
How about coming up with a solution or solutions and a plan that makes sense for everyone before just loading the shotgun and trying to hit something/anything. Then reload it with money and try again and again.
A well thought out goal that takes into consideration everyone involved, Google, employees, cities, motorist, residents and pedestrions in an empathic manner makes good business and community relation sense.
Come on smartest people on the planet, get it together and get it right the next time.

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Posted by Xoogler
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Google has tried to work with CalTrain and other transit authorities with no solution. The buses and ferries were a last resort. At least they're getting cars off the freeways which decreases costs and stress for everyone.

Is it cost efficient? Yes.
Does it satisfy a lot of people? Yes.
Is it fair? Compared to what alternative?
Does it benefit everybody? Probably as close as we can get without a broad concensus. Is that easy in this situation?

It's certainly not perfect, but at least they are *trying* in the open. The bus situation in The City is flawed they respond by reducing buses. With the city proposing no alternatives, what else can they do?