Google Expands Ferry Service to Alameda

By Kiana Bellinger
|  Monday, Feb 3, 2014  |  Updated 9:34 AM PDT
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Google employees board a ferry in Alameda. Feb. 1, 2013

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Google on Monday expanded its company-run private ferry to the East Bay.

Google employees can ride the ferry from Harbor Bay Terminal in Alameda to the Port of Redwood City for a five-day trial through Friday.

Last month, the search engine giant kicked off a pilot ferry program from San Francisco.

Google employees can't park in the Harbor Bay ferry parking lot, according to The Water Emergency Transportation Authority, but they can park in offsite lots provided by the company.

If all goes well, the new commuting option may become a permanent way for East Bay Google employees to travel to Google headquarters in Mountain View. Google will pay $275 each time a ferry hits shore.

Ferry services came as an alternate way to commute for employees after protesters rallied against private buses that Google launched in January.

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