Google is a rapidly growing company with its headquarters in the
Shoreline area of Mountain View. It has many innovative
features as a place to work, including a recently
established employee transportation system that provides bus
service from many different Bay Area cities where employees
reside. The objective of this study was to determine
whether using the Bay ferries for transportation to Mountain
View could become an element of the transportation program.
This study examines the potential ridership of a water
transit route and evaluates the environmental and financial
feasibility of establishing water transit as an additional
mode for employee transportation.
CHS led the study effort, with URS as the subcontractor
responsible for wetland channel and biological assessments.
CHS developed estimates of ferry ridership for both
one-direction (SF to Mountain View in the morning and
Mountain View to SF in the afternoon) operation and
bi-direction operation (assuming a large Google SF campus).
CHS developed conceptual operating plans, vehicle
prototypes, and cost estimates, and identified institutional
barriers. We also provided cost comparisons between
Google’s current shuttle bus operation and potential ferry
The CHS recommendations were accepted by Google.
However, the service did not begin due to the economic recession began in
2008 and the additional public investment required for a navigation channel.