(Mountain View, Calif.) — From its inaugural ride in January 2015, the Mountain View Community Shuttle pilot program has transported more than 350,000 local riders as a proof of concept for a free, local shuttle system to help people get around town and out of their cars. Funded by Google, the pilot program, which was originally set to expire in 2017, has been extended through the end of 2018 at its current service level.
Mountain View Community Shuttle is a pilot program designed to connect residential neighborhoods to shopping destinations, downtown Mountain View, entertainment attractions, City facilities, medical complexes and recreation areas, seven days a week. There are six fully electric shuttles running, which are equipped with seating for 16 passengers, a wheelchair lift, space for two wheelchairs, WiFi connectivity and bicycle racks on the outside of the vehicle.
Each year, the service has made major improvements based on community feedback. In 2016, the schedule was simplified to connect to each of the 50 stops every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. weekdays and every 60 minutes on weekends and holidays. This year, a new real-time tracking component was added for riders to see where the shuttles are at any given time and how far away they are from the stop. Additionally, for busier stops during peak times, additional backup shuttles will be deployed to accommodate the extra ridership.
Discussions about the future of the program, including funding and operations will take place through 2018. For more information about the shuttle program, visit MVCommunityShuttle.com.
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Katherine Williams, Google