You’ve heard of the Love Boat. Well, in San Francisco, there’s a new version, and let’s just call it the Geek Boat.
Google — experimenting with new ways to get employees from San Francisco to its headquarters in Mountain View — has now set up a deal to ferry workers on a private catamaran.
Yep, you heard that right. Tech geeks at Google can now commute by private boat between San Francisco and Redwood City (just north of the Googleplex).
KPIX 5 in San Francisco is reporting that Google started the service Monday on the 149-passenger Triumphant, running two trips in the morning and two trips in the evening. No word on how long the voyage lasts — though we expect it’s shorter than the three hour tour that Gilligan and crew set out on.
The alternative transportation comes as Google and other tech companies in the Bay Area entered into an agreement with the City of San Francisco to pay to use bus stops, utilizing the more traditional highway system to get workers into the office. But traffic must be so bad in the Bay Area that the private bus system is just not enough.
In the Seattle area, Google has taken a different (and some may say more practical approach). It has built outposts on both sides of Lake Washington — one in Kirkland and one in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. That approach has allowed the company to attract talent on both sides of the lake.
However, maybe a geek cruise boat is something they should look into — ferrying workers between the two locales.
Here’s the report from the CBS affiliate in San Francisco in which the newscasters reference the ferry system in Seattle.
[Hat tip to The Next Web]