Would you like to go downtown and not have to worry about where to park, and whether or not you’ll get a ticket if you stay too long? Or go to the movies and not have to deal with finding a parking spot? I just tried the free Mountain View Community Shuttle and it was amazing. I normally drive everyplace and I think I might be willing to make this shuttle a habit.
I rode the entire route yesterday. There are 2 different routes; it’s actually one big circle and you can go in either direction, so if you stay on one bus, you’ll see everything. It took exactly an hour to ride the entire route. It was very peaceful and quiet because the bus is 100% electric. That also means it’s very clean, inside and outside. It was provided to our city by Google. It also has free wifi. It was on time, at every stop.
The driver was very friendly and didn’t mind at all that we were tourists. She asked us if we planned on getting off and we said “no” and that we’re just enjoying the free ride that Google provided. Yes, it was like we were getting a little tour of the community. I would definitely recommend it to people who want a free tour of our city.
The other riders looked like they were going to doctor appointments, out to lunch or shopping, but not jobs. This particular shuttle is probably more popular with people doing community things as opposed to going to work for several reasons. It starts at 10:00 am, which is pretty late for going to a job and because it doesn’t go to the tech companies. And there are other shuttles that are more focused on taking people to work, but this one is for running errands like going to the Teen Center, Senior Center, Target, lunch downtown, or an afternoon movie.
Ask the driver for a schedule or print it out ahead of time. Thank you to Google for providing our city with this free shuttle service. I love Mountain View.