First announced in July of 2014, Google has this week launched—in partnership with Motiv and the city of Mountain View—a free shuttle service to help residents of the Santa Clara city get around town. Besides being completely free to the public, the service touts the fact that its first four shuttles are completely electric, can seat up to 16 passengers, have free WiFi for all riders, and have bike racks as well as wheelchair access.
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Google backs free community shuttle program in Mountain View
Google is giving back to the community that it has called home for the past eight years, agreeing to cover the costs of four electric shuttle buses for public transportation in Mountain View. According to the local newspaper Mountain View Voice, Google has provided the city with a large contribution that will help fund the shuttle bus project for at least two years.
The community shuttles are expected to be operational by the fall, with a proposal that they run every 30 minutes on weekdays and every hour on weekends in areas where public transportation is lacking. Mountain View Mayor Chris Clark claims that the buses are not intended for daily commuting, but rather for short trips across town and recreational or leisure purposes.