Another reason corporate shuttles are a problem

Google this! (Photo from Uptown Almanac)

They're huge, and they block Muni stops, and they crowd into narrow streets. And now there's another reason the city needs to get into the businesses of regulating private corporate shuttles:

The buses can get stuck on the hills.

Uptown Almanac has a great item, with excellent photos and a video, of a Google shuttle getting caught in Noe Valley, beached like a whale at 23rd and Chattanooga. A pickup truck tries in vain to haul the monster away.

Folks: The streets of SF's neighborhoods weren't designed for 50-foot luxury coaches. Someone's got to write some rules about where these private shuttles can go -- and where they can't. 


is back to more vehicles on the road. Wouldn't it be wild to see 50 Genentech employees on Harley's? A pack of Google toughs wouldn't take up much more space on the road than a single bus, and they won't get stuck on hills. I jest of course. I deride the idea of seeing 5 shuttles replacing a single bus. Maybe the operators should just be smart enough to know the limitations of their buses and maybe use an 'avoid these streets' map. Or, you know, we could keep true to progressive values and continue to ban anything good that doesn't benefit everyone equally.

Posted by Walker, Hill Slayer on Jun. 21, 2012 @ 7:46 am

If these busses carry upwards of 50 people to a campus outside of the city, that eliminates 50 extra cars commuting back and forth to work.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 22, 2012 @ 9:18 am

You do realize that the people on these shuttles aren't wealthy snobs right? They're middle class workers just trying to earn an honest living for their families. If I was a wealthy snob, I wouldn't go on the bus; I would drive my luxury car to work and have the convenience of going wherever I wanted after work.

The Bay Area has a great public transit system foundation, but it's still not connected. For some, the shuttles are the only option other than driving 50 miles each day to work. Leave the people working towards an honest living to ride their shuttles and provide for themselves.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 02, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

Would you prefer that there was no bus?

Posted by thuggyBear on Nov. 07, 2012 @ 3:20 pm