New Apple HQ to "Render Cars Invisible"
| [T]he circular design of the building will keep employees
| from ever having to see a car, creating a kind of idyllic
| California landscape.
=v= That's great, though it's out in the 'burbs and one has
to negotiate a car-clogged California hellscape to get there.
- Well at least it's close to a bus route -- see
<http://www.vta.org/routes/rt81>. I presume that there will be an entrance
from Tantau close to the junction with Homestead. Are there any plans to
improve the bus service when the office is opened ?
> Are there any plans to improve the bus service when the=v= I haven't heard of any.
> office is opened ?
=v= There's a controversy underway about tech companies in the
region with private bus fleets. These are large luxury buses
with wifi so people can work on their way into work. :^\ The
most visible one is the Google Bus, which would be the best
search term if you're looking for news about this. My favorite
article is this one by Jason Henderson:
=v= Part of the controversy involves skyrocketing rents and thus
displacement by gentrification in San Francisco, another part is
that these private fleets are using the public transit systems'
bus stops. (They also park in bike lanes, but for some reason
the bike coalition hasn't made an isse of that.)
=v= Stamen Design sent bike messengers with GPS to follow the
buses around San Francisco and mapped out their routes:
Here's a more recent story, tallying up the number to times an
Apple Bus passes one residence:
- Well there's no reason why public buses (i.e. those available for all to
use, whether or not they are owned by private or public companies -- the
former being almost universal in the UK) can't have wifi (in my area,
Cambridge, most of the longer distance routes do), and it would surely be
to the benefit of Apple if they sponsor better bus services, with wifi for
owners of Apple and other computers to use as they ride.
Mind you some Cambridge workplaces do have private commuter buses, which
tend to be hired out from the same operators. I have no idea whether or not
they have wifi. I believe that they could be consolidated into public
routes which by serving multiple destinations and accepting the general
public could offer a more frequent service for all.