for those of you who don't know, google provides a pretty cool service for employees who want to live in san francisco: a free shuttle. not only is the shuttle free, but during your commute, you can connect onto the internet and do work. somehow, they have a high speed wireless internet uplink on the bus which is shared to the passengers via a wireless router. as you can imagine, this is pretty nice because you can actually get work done while you're commuting; thus, further increasing your productivity. this shuttle is so popular that they actually use full size charter buses which seat about 50 people and they run 6 times to google in the morning and 6 times back to san francisco in the evening.
since the south bay is pretty boring, i'm living in downtown san francisco. yesterday, i tried this shuttle for the first time and it was pretty cool, except:
- the internet connection was broken
- the bus was at capacity, so i was kinda squished in a window seat at the back of the bus
- and it took a full hour to make the drive and then i had to take the muni from the drop-off point
all told, my total commute time was an hour and 20 minutes. i suppose that's not too bad, but in seattle, my commute time was about 20 minutes (35 minutes if i took public transit). oh well, i guess i can live with the extended commute times; living in san francisco is definitely worth it!